NBER Reporter: Fall 2001

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NBER Profile: David N. Figlio

David N. Figlio is the Walter J. Matherly Professor of Economics at the University of Florida and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his B.S. in Business Economics and Public Policy from the George Washington University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. Prior to joining Florida's faculty, Figlio was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon from 1995-8.

Figlio's research focuses on topics in the economics of education and social policy and on the political economy of policy formation and implementation. Much of his current research concerns the unintended consequences of school accountability systems, studying outcomes as disparate as school lunch programs, student disability classification, school zoning, and house prices. In addition, he is a principal investigator, along with Cecilia Rouse, Dan Goldhaber, and Jane Hannaway, of an evaluation of school choice programs in Florida.

Figlio's research has been published extensively in leading journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Law and Economics, as well as several policy-oriented outlets. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Child Health and Development, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services, and numerous private foundations.

When Figlio is not working (and, sometimes, when he is) he enjoys traveling around the world with his seven-year-old son Joseph, five-year-old daughter Rebecca, and three-year-old daughter Elizabeth.


NBER Profile: Sara J. Markowitz

Sara J. Markowitz has been an NBER Faculty Research Fellow since 1998, but has worked in NBER's New York office since 1994, when she was hired as a research assistant. She received her B.A. from Rutgers College and her Ph. D. from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.

From 1996-8, Markowitz was an adjunct lecturer of economics at Hunter College. Between 1998 and 2000, she was an assistant professor of economics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since August 2000, she has been an assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University, Newark, where she teaches Economics of Health and Microeconomics. Her articles have been published in a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Health Economics and the Southern Economic Journal.

Markowitz and her husband, Bryan, who is a lobbyist for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, live in South Brunswick, NJ. Her hobbies are traveling and gardening.


NBER Profile: Joseph P. Newhouse

Joseph P. Newhouse, an NBER Research Associate in the Programs on Health Care, Health Economics, Children, and Productivity, is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University. He is a member of the faculties of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Newhouse received both his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He spent the first 20 years of his career at RAND, where he designed and directed the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, a project that ran from 1971 to 1988 and studied the consequences of different ways of financing medical services. From 1981 to 1985 he was also Head of the RAND Economics Department.

In 1981 Newhouse became the founding editor of the Journal of Health Economics, which he continues to edit. He is currently a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which reviews Medicare payment policy and makes recommendations to the Congress. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and has served two terms on its governing Council. He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a past President of the Association for Health Services Research and of the International Health Economics Association.

In 2000, Newhouse was the first co-recipient of the Zvi Griliches Award (with David Cutler, Mark McClellan, and Dahlia Remler) honoring the best empirical article appearing in the Quarterly Journal of Economics over the previous four years. He also gave the Chung Hua Lectures in Taipei. He recently co-won the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, also with Cutler and McClellan, given by the International Health Economics Association for the best article on health economics in the past year.

If he had some free time, he would golf or play bridge.

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