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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.


Recent Minneapolis Fed Work

Early Childhood Development in Montana
January 2018 - Community Development Papers

Cross-sector collaborations address upstream health issues in Montana
December 2017 - CD360 Notebook

The promise of early childhood development in Indian Country
November 2017 - Community Dividend

Aligning administrative data systems to bolster research
July 2017 - CD360 Notebook

Minnesota bankers invited to lunch and learn next week
July 2017 - CD360 Notebook

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