Frank CaliendoAcademic Director
    Frank Caliendo
    Academic Director

    Utah State University
    Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    Economics & Finance

    Department Head, Professor

    Bio

    Professor Caliendo received the Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year award at Utah State University in 2011. He also received the Young Economists Award of the International Institute of Public Finance in 2008 for research that “stands out for its scientific quality, creativity and relevance” (award shared with co-author T. Scott Findley, also a faculty member at the Huntsman School). In the past, Professor Caliendo has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

    Education
    • PhD, Economics, Utah State University, 2003
    • BS, Economics, Utah State University, 1998
    Research Interests

    Household Finance Economic Theory
    Macroeconomics Public Economics

    Working Papers

    Social Security and the Increasing Longevity Gap

    This working paper contributes to the discussion about Social Security reform by developing a new measure of the progressivity of a Social Security system. The authors use this new measure to show that the growing gap in life expectancy between low-income and high-income Americans reduces the progressivity of the Social Security system by approximately three-quarters.

    Research in Progress

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    Student Programs The Center for Growth and Opportunity is a nonprofit, university-based research center committed to student talent development. The concept of “learning by doing” guides each of the CGO’s programs. Students can access a variety of opportunities at the CGO, including researching real-world economic policy topics, tackling big ideas, and developing dynamic skills. In [...]

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    Events Conferences 2019 Utah Experimental Economics Conference May 16, 2019 - May 18, 2019 Hyatt Place, 55 North 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 Learn More Conferences, Cosponsored Events Mountain West Economic History Conference February 22, 2019 - February 23, 2019 Utah State University Campus, Logan, UT 84322 Learn More Cosponsored Events, Speaker Events [...]

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    Commentary Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. The Benchmark Op-eds Panels Podcasts Public Interest Comments Testimony The Benchmark See All Benchmark Posts Op-eds   The [...]

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    CGO Graduate Research Fellowship The CGO Graduate Research Fellowship  is a research program that provides tuition scholarships for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics (MSE, MSFE, MDATA). Throughout their fellowship experience, CGO graduate research fellows have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and are fully immersed in the CGO research process, [...]

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    Research Our goal is to use the cutting-edge techniques of economics, but ground this work in the enduring insights begun by Adam Smith and continuing through the work of many economists today. In the questions we pursue, we avoid projects that maintain the status quo and focus on transformative projects. Every project we select disrupts, [...]

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    Koch Scholar Program The Koch Scholar Program challenges students to think critically. The primary goal of the program is to instill students with an appreciation for great literature and meaningful dialogue. Reading discussions are conducted in the Socratic method. Students are encouraged to challenge their first conclusions — which allows them to build confidence as [...]

    CGO Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    CGO Undergraduate Research Fellowship The CGO Undergraduate Research Fellowship  is a research program for students working to complete an undergraduate degree in economics and finance. This CGO fellowship provides a unique, hands-on mentorship and training experience where students are equipped with skills to launch impactful careers and land spots in top graduate programs. CGO fellows [...]

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    Op-eds Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center.   The Shutdown is Ruining Our National ParksJanuary 10, 2019As the government shutdown drags on, the fallout of [...]

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    Media Mentions Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center.   Don’t Ban StyrofoamJuly 17, 2018The Independent Institute report: Plastic Pollution: Bans vs. Recycling Solutions, authored by [...]

    Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs

    Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs Amy Rees Anderson Sponsors New Program for Female Academic Entrepreneurs - SEE PRESS RELEASE Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs is a fellowship program for female students at Utah State University who are interested in careers related to higher education, academia, business, and public policy. Program participants — known as fellows [...]

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    Panels Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center.   Ensuring Research of Consequence: Best Practices in Policy ResearchOctober 10, 2018This session workshopped best practices for introducing [...]

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    Podcasts Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center.   Permissionless Innovation (Koopman)October 13, 2018Christopher Koopman from Utah State University's Center for Growth and Opportunity joins State [...]

    Policy Papers

    Policy Papers All Research   By admin In Policy PapersPosted November 29, 2018 Cooperative Conservation: Determinants of Landowner Engagement in Saving Endangered Species Since it was passed in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has enabled federal agencies to protect species listed as endangered or threatened by enforcing strict prohibitions against any harm to the [...]

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    Working Papers All Research   By admin In Working PapersPosted January 11, 2019 Dynamics of Deterrence: A Macroeconomic Perspective on Punitive Justice Policy In this research, the authors present evidence of a “lost cohort” of individuals born in the mid-to-late 1960s—individuals who reached the prime crime age of their twenties in the 1980s—who have higher [...]

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    Externally-Published Research All Research   By admin In Externally-PublishedPosted January 18, 2019 Pork-Barrel Politics and Polarization This paper, authored by Aaron Hedlund and published in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Review, examines the relationship between earmarking and polarization in Congress. Read More   By admin In Externally-PublishedPosted November 1, 2018 An experiment on [...]

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    Research In Focus

    Research In Focus All Research   By admin In Research In FocusPosted February 12, 2019 What Is the Relationship between Renewable Portfolio Standards and Electricity Prices? States around the country are considering whether to enact or increase renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which are policies meant to lower carbon emissions and encourage renewable energy use. RPS [...]

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    The Benchmark

    The Benchmark Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. Contributors Megan E. Hansen Research Director Brian Isom Research Manager Christopher Koopman Senior Director of Strategy and [...]

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    Public Interest Comments Our student fellows, staff, and affiliated scholars comment regularly on a variety of pressing public policy issues. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center.   Consumer Protection, Ticket Bots, and the Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) ActDecember 5, 2018We appreciate [...]

    Annual Review

    Annual Review 2018 Student Opportunities. Policy Relevance. Responsible Solutions. MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTORS Close MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTORS Dear Friends, 2018 has been an exciting year of fast growth and hard work. We are optimistic and proud of the progress we have made. Our organization is defined by the quality of people who work and [...]

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    Call For Papers The Environmental Optimism of Elinor Ostrom In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize in Economics, the Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University invites the submission of papers to an edited volume furthering her work. The CGO is a university-based research center that explores the [...]

    Selected Academic Publications

    Time Inconsistency and Retirement Choice (with T. Scott Findley). Economics Letters, 2015

    Social Security is NOT a Substitute for Annuity Markets (with Nick Guo and Roozbeh Hosseini). Review of Economic Dynamics, 2014

    Roosevelt and Prescott Come to an Agreement (with Nick Guo). Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2014

    Time-Inconsistent Preferences and Time-Inconsistent Policies (with Nick Guo). Journal of Mathematical Economics, 2014

    Optimal Control Problems with State Special Jumps in the State Equation (with Nick Guo). Mathematical Economics Letters, 2014

    Visiting Scholar / Speaking Engagements

    2016
    Keio University in Tokyo

    2015
    BYU-USU Macro Workshop, CUNY Hunter College, QSPS at Utah State University, Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics

    2014
    University of Nevada Reno, Utah State University, QSPS at Utah State University, Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Workshop at Stanford, ITAM in Mexico City, University of Connecticut

    2013
    University of Miami, Society for Computational Economics in Vancouver, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory in Paris, BYU-USU Macro Workshop, Midwest Macro at University of Minnesota, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    2012
    SUNY Albany, Midwest Macro at University of Colorado at Boulder, USC Marshall School, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory at University of Queensland, Utah State University (3)

    2010
    BYU-USU Macro Workshop

    2009
    Florida State University, Venice Summer Institute at Venice International University, QSPS at Utah State University, Partners in Business at Utah State University

    2008
    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Brigham Young University (2), Utah State University (2), University of New Mexico (2), Society for Computational Economics at Paris-Sorbonne University, University of Vermont (2), UCLA Anderson School.

    Pre-2008
    Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, University of Pittsburgh, Central European Program in Economic Theory (2), Central Washington University, Colorado State University (4), Midwest Economic Theory at Washington University in St. Louis, Northern Arizona University (4), University of Wyoming, Utah State University (3), Western Economic Association in Seattle

    Frank Caliendo
    Academic Director