Professor Art Rolnick
141 Humphrey School
Human Capital Research Collaborative
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Art Rolnick

Researcher 7
economics of early childhood development

Arthur J. Rolnick is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the University of Minnesota. Rolnick is working to advance multidisciplinary research on child development and social policy. He previously served at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as a senior vice president and director of research and as an associate economist with the Federal Open Market Committee—the monetary policymaking body for the Federal Reserve System. Rolnick’s essays on public policy issues have gained national attention; his research interests include banking and financial economics, monetary policy, monetary history, the economics of federalism, and the economics of education. His work on early childhood development has garnered numerous awards, including those from the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Health, both in 2007; he was also named 2005 Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly magazine.

In addition to his role as a Senior Fellow at Humphrey School for Public Affairs, Dr. Rolnick is an adjunct professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor of economics at Boston College, the University of Chicago, and Lingnan College, Guangzhou, China. He is past president of the Minnesota Economic Association. He serves on several nonprofit boards including the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Ready 4 K, an advocacy organization for early childhood development.

A native of Michigan, Rolnick has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in economics from Wayne State University, Detroit; and a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Book Chapters

  • Reynolds, A., Rolnick, A., Englund, M. & Temple, J. (2010). Early childhood development and human capital. In A. Rolnick, A. Reynolds, M. Englund & J. Temple (Eds.), Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration. (pp. 1-27.).

Edited Volumes

  • Reynolds, A., Rolnick, A., Englund, M. & Temple, J. (2010). (Eds.) Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life.New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

In The Media

Art Rolnick of the Human Capital Research Collaborative spoke at St. John’s University recently about the wisdom of investing in early childhood education. MPR News aired his speech.


MPR News
May 9, 2017

Art Rolnick, director of the Human Capital Research Collaborative, is mentioned in this editorial regarding funding for preschool education in Minnesota. 

Star Tribune
April 27, 2017