Aaron J. Sojourner
I am a labor economist and assistant professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  

321 19th Ave S, 3-300Y, Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-9521, asojourn @t umn d.t edu


Publications (and commentary)

Sojourner, A., E. Mykerezi, & K. West. (forthcoming) Teacher Pay Reform And Productivity: Panel Data Evidence from Adoptions of Q-Comp in Minnesota.  Journal of Human Resources. 
  • Policy brief (3-page).
  • Pioneer Press article about our testimony at Minnesota House Education committee (missed Elton and got null math result wrong). 3/7/14
  • Star-Tribune op-ed.
  • Star-Tribune article and our letter to the editor about their headline. 

Duncan G. & A. Sojourner. (2013) Can Intensive Early Childhood Intervention Programs Eliminate Income-based Cognitive and Achievement Gaps? Journal of Human Resources48(4): 945-968. Earlier versions.
  • Extensive Minnpost article.
  • "One solution to many problems" story on KAZM radio of Sedona, Ariz. 2/22/14
  • Mention at end of Minnpost article on Education Writers' Association meeting.
  • Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges & MPR's Kerri Miller on the Daily Circuit [8:00 - 9:30 minute mark].
  • Investing in Kids blog by Tim Bartik (Upjohn Institute) gives extensive comment on paper.
  • Educators for Excellence Minnesota blog post.
  • Discussed on KTNF 950AM Daily Report [12:05 - 17:00 minute mark].
  • Huffington Post article. 1/7/14
  • Think Progress article. 1/3/14
  • Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard on "Does Pre-K Work?" by Russ Whitehurst 2/26/14
  • Tim Bartik response to Whitehurst on his Investing in Kids blog.
  • Access Minnesota radio interview (25 minutes) about implications for ability mixing in classrooms and other topics in early and K-12 education.
  • Royal Economic Society summary, "Mixed ability classes raise average achievement and reduce inequality: new evidence of peer effects in early education." July 31, 2013

Sojourner, A., D. C. Grabowski, M. Chen & R. J. Town. (2010) Trends in Unionization of Nursing HomesInquiry. 47: 331–342.
  • Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) Exchange Fall 2010 article summarizes paper.

Working Papers

  • Star-Tribune article on unionization by St. Paul's German Immersion school teachers. 1/15/14
  • Minnesota Public Radio story on same1/15/14
  • Pioneer-Press article on same. 1/15/14
  • Star-Tribune reference in article on same. 1/15/14

Works in Progress

State Pre-kindergarten Funding and the Child Care Workforce (with Yoon S. Hur)

Early Production of Cognitive Skill: Evidence from Prenatal Investments and Randomly-Assigned Child-Care Prices (with Juan Chaparro & Greg Duncan)

Impact of Unionization on Occupational Fatalities: Regression Discontinuity Evidence

Demand and Competition in Fringe Financial Services: Evidence from Check-Cashing Price Cuts in the South Bronx (with Ryan McDevitt)

Effects of Union Membership on Taxes Paid, Public Benefits Used, and Poverty (with Jose Pacas)


Steering committee,

Faculty Expert, Social Media & Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO)

Director, Spring Bank