Aaron Hedlund, assistant professor of economics at the University of Missouri and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, has joined the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University (CGO) as Visiting Senior Fellow and Acting Director of Academic Outreach.
Frank Caliendo, Academic Director at the Center for Growth and Opportunity, said Hedlund’s strong academic background will bolster the capabilities of the research team at the CGO.
“Professor Hedlund in a rising star in macroeconomics. He is a leading thinker in the field, and we are thrilled that he has joined the Center for Growth and Opportunity,” said Caliendo. “We anticipate that he will make a remarkable contribution to our efforts to build a first-class research center.”
Hedlund’s past research dealt primarily with issues of monetary policy, housing markets, recessions, and crises. Through his work, he has provided guidance on the consequences of debt for economic performance, particularly regarding the recent housing and student loan crises in America.
Professionally, Hedlund said he is eager to explore what drives and sustains economic prosperity.
“The CGO is uniquely positioned to provide thought leadership on what drives economic opportunity because of how it brings together students, academics, and practitioners to conduct research that has real-world impact,” said Hedlund. “As with other start-ups, innovation is at the core of what distinguishes the CGO from the pack.”
“I look forward to joining the great team at CGO and helping guide their research process wearing all three of my hats as a teacher, a researcher, and someone who has seen firsthand the practical realities of public policy,” said Hedlund.
In addition to appearing in peer-reviewed academic journals, Hedlund’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, used as expert testimony in state-level policy initiatives, and presented before think tanks, academic institutions, and central banks around the world. He has also written and spoken extensively on issues related to tax reform, health care reform, and criminal justice reform.
Prior to his current positions, Hedlund was an assistant professor in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University and worked for both the International Trade Commission and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Hedlund received his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in economics and mathematics from Duke University.
Hedlund, his wife, and four kids are all looking forward to breathing the crisp mountain air and enjoying the outdoor activities offered by Cache Valley.