Aaron Sojourner
Aaron Sojourner

Senior Researcher

Upjohn Institute

Aaron Sojourner is a labor economist and senior researcher at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. His research focuses on the effects of labor-market institutions on economic productivity and society, policies to promote efficient and equitable development of human capital, and behavioral economic approaches to consumer financial decisions. He serves on the ILR Review international editorial board and received the John T. Dunlop Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. His research won the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences editorial board’s 2020 Cozzarelli Prize for Behavioral and Economic Sciences. Sojourner has a wide range of policy experience and community service. He is a member of the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Care and Education and chairs the Constellation Fund’s Impact Council. Previously, he spent the 2016–2017 academic year in Washington, DC, serving as a senior economist for labor at the Council of Economic Advisers, served on Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle-to-K cabinet, as a member of the Human Capital Research Collaborative’s steering committee, a director of Spring Bank (a community bank in the Bronx and Harlem in New York), and a fellow in the U.S. Senate’s Labor Policy Office. Sojourner completed his Ph.D. in economics at Northwestern University in 2009 and was a pre-doctoral fellow in the university’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences. He also has an M.A. in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Yale University. From 2009 to 2022, he worked as a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

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