He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources and has served on numerous national education task forces and panels. In addition, Figlio has advised the governments of several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation, and evaluation of education policy.
A prolific writer, Figlio has been published in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, JAMA Pediatrics, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, and Journal of Human Resources.
Figlio served as director of the Institute for Policy Research from 2012-2017. Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2008, he taught at the University of Florida, where he was the Knight-Ridder Professor of Economics from 1998-2008, and the University of Oregon, where he was assistant professor of economics from 1995-1998. Figlio earned his PhD in economics in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services. His work also has been supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropic Society, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.