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Rob Grunewald



Rob Grunewald is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” in 2003 and has written several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States.

Grunewald has served on boards and advisory committees for organizations involved with early childhood development, including Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, First Children’s Finance, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency. He is also a past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.

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Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

Early childhood development: An economic imperative for Montana
September 2018 - CD360 Notebook

Among young children, wide disparities in family income
September 2018 - CD360 Notebook

Is college still worth it?
June 2018 - CD360 Notebook

Education makes a difference, but doesn't close racial gaps
June 2018 - CD360 Notebook

Can Pay for Success succeed in early childhood development?
April 2018 - Community Dividend

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