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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 Work/Updates

District GDP grew slower than the nation’s in 2015
October 2016 - fedgazette

Early Childhood Development in Indian Country
September 2016 - CICD Blog

Early childhood Native language immersion develops minds, revitalizes cultures
August 2016 - Community Dividend

Ninth District manufactured exports slip in 2015
July 2016 - fedgazette

Sustaining early childhood education gains
February 2016 - Community Dividend

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