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Seminar Series: David Figlio, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University

A Population-Level Study of the Effects of Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders
When Dec 03, 2014
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Juan Echenique
Ken Elpus
Ricardo Espinoza
William Fennie
Jessica Goldberg
Soohyung Lee
Rianna Murray
Stephanie Rennane
Cristian S Montesinos
Rachel Shattuck
Lesley Turner
Sergio Urzua
Yeats Ye
Mary Zaki
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About the Talk

While there have been many studies of the relative effects of one form of early intervention for autism spectrum disorders versus another form of early intervention, to date there have been no systematic studies of the effects of early intervention per se. David Figlio and his collaborators use a unique dataset of the full population of Florida children with autism spectrum disorders to study the effects of providing services in an autistic child’s first three years of life. They find that children with autism spectrum disorders who receive early interventions have dramatically improved cognitive and behavioral outcomes in school that pass any reasonable cost-benefit test.

About the Speaker

David Figlio

David Figlio is the Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, where he also serves as the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics. His research on education, health, and social welfare policy has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and the Annie E. Casey, Bill and Melinda Gates, MacArthur, Smith Richardson, and Spencer Foundations. He has advised numerous U.S. states, the federal government, and many foreign governments on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies.

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