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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

Toward One Wisconsin addresses barriers to inclusion
May 2019 - CD360 Notebook

Exploring innovation in early childhood development
April 2019 - Community Dividend

Crow community wakes up its language
April 2019 - CD360 Notebook

Investing in Minnesota’s workforce infrastructure: Early care and education as economic development
March 2019 - Conversations with the Fed

Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act: Notice of Funding Availability released
March 2019 - CD360 Notebook

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