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Economists and Public Policy: The Heller Legacy

Art Rolnick emphasized the importance of translating economic research into policy at the 2016 Minnesota Lecture
November 11, 2016

Art Rolnick delivered the 2016 Minnesota Lecture on November 11, emphasizing the importance of putting economic research into practice. Rolnick paid tribute to long-time University of Minnesota faculty member Walter Heller and his significant policy achievements, and challenged current graduate students to not only conduct research but to also consider how it can be used to shape policy.

Over the course of his career, Rolnick has experienced many of the obstacles that can stand between compelling economic research and much needed policy change. After a highly successful career as Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Rolnick has spent the last dozen years advocating for targeted investment in early childhood education as a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The inaugural Minnesota Lecture was given in 1999 by Nobel Laureate Daniel McFadden. Each year, graduate students select a distinguished graduate of the Minnesota Economics PhD program to present their work.