Message from the Academic Director

For centuries, the ultimate goals of economic research have been to build theories to explain and understand the world around us, and to use this understanding to improve the well-being of individuals and society. The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University carries on this rich tradition by producing rigorous scientific research that helps to explain and improve the economic outcomes of the world in which we live.

We’re proud of our location in the State of Utah and at Utah State University. Utah enjoys strong communities that value humility, respect, and integrity as well as a high performing economy where unemployment rates are low and access to quality education is outstanding. In many ways, Utah remains pleasantly reminiscent of its pioneer heritage: an individual who is dedicated to hard work and to the pursuit of life-long learning will find ways to make meaningful contributions. Building on these values, Utah continues to lead in the modern era with its commitment to scientific discovery and innovation in both industry and the academy. In particular, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University — with its challenge to students to “Dare Mighty Things” and to be both ethical and entrepreneurial at all times — has produced thousands of graduates who lead and serve with distinction in business and government throughout Utah and beyond.

The Center conducts research and provides student learning opportunities in multiple branches of economics and related fields. The unifying trait of our work is the exploration of pressing economic problems and the search for efficient and responsible solutions to those problems, to enable individuals to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

Please check our website often to find important research updates and for news updates about upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you at Utah State University.

-Frank Caliendo

About the Academic Director

Professor Caliendo is a teacher, scholar, and administrator at Utah State University. He currently serves as the Head of the Department of Economics and Finance in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, and he previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Huntsman School.

His scholarly research focuses on topics in Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Household Finance, and Economic Theory. He was named the Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year at Utah State University in 2011, and he 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 Scott Findley).

Professor Caliendo has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and has presented his research at universities and academic conferences all over the world.