Aaron Sojourner

This year, I am serving as a senior economist on the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers and on leave from the University of Minnesota.

I am a labor economist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Department of Work & Organizations

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

I organize the Center for Human Resources & Labor Studies' research seminar series [calendar].

CV: Short Long

        Summaries we wrote
    • Popular-media discussions

Budd, J., A. Sojourner & J. Jung (2016) Are Voluntary Agreements Better? Evidence from Baseball Arbitration. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Earlier IZA version.

Sojourner, A., B. Frandsen, R. Town, D. Grabowski & M. Chen (2015) Impacts of Unionization on Quality and Productivity: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Nursing Homes. Industrial and Labor Relations Review. 68(4): 771-806. Earlier IZA NBER versions. [Appendix]

Goda, G., C. Manchester & A. Sojourner (2014) What Will My Account Really Be Worth? Experimental Evidence on How Retirement Income Projections Affect SavingJournal of Public Economics. 119: 80-92. Earlier versions.

TIAA-CREF Institute Trends & Issues brief [pdf]
Video and slides from George Washington U. business school - U.S. Federal Reserve Board joint seminar on financial literacy

Sojourner, A., E. Mykerezi, & K. West. (2014) Teacher Pay Reform And Productivity: Panel Data Evidence from Adoptions of Q-Comp in Minnesota.  Journal of Human Resources. 49(4): 945-981. [Appendix]

Mykerezi, Sojourner & West (July 2015) "Reforming Teacher Contracts: A Look at the Impact of Q-Comp on Student Achievement in Minnesota" Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) Reporter. Also a 3-page policy brief.

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.

Sojourner, A. (2013) Identification of Peer Effects with Missing Peer Data: Evidence from Project STAREconomic Journal. 123(569): 574-605. Earlier versions.

Sojourner, A. (2013) Do Unions Promote Electoral Office-Holding? Evidence from Correlates of State Legislatures' Occupational Shares. Industrial & Labor Relations Review. 66(2). Earlier IZA discussion paper version. 

    Scholars Strategy Network 2-page brief.

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 article summarizes paper

Working Papers

Benson, A., A. Sojourner, & A. Umyarov. Can Reputation Discipline the Gig Economy: Experimental Evidence from an Online Labor Market. IZA Discussion Paper 9501.

Goda, G., M. Levy, C. Manchester, A. Sojourner, & J. Tasoff. The Role of Time Preferences and Exponential-Growth Bias in Retirement Savings. National Bureau of Economic Research Discussion Paper 21482.

2015 NBER Retirement Research Consortium annual meeting brief and slides.
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Brief: The Role of Exponential-Growth Bias and Present Bias in Retirement Savings

Data: NLRB Elections 1962-2009 consolidating Thomas Holmes & Henry Farber dataOSHA inspections from U.S. Department of Labor.

Awardee, John T. Dunlop Scholar (2015) for outstanding academic contributions to research that addresses an industrial relations/employment problem of national significance, Labor & Employment Relations Association

Finalist, Paul A. Samuelson Award (2015) for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security for Goda, Manchester & Sojourner (2014), TIAA Institute

Works in Progress

Child Care and the Development of Early Childhood Skills (with Juan Chaparro & Matt Wiswall)

Hiring Effective Teachers (with K. West, E. Mykerezi, C. Moore, M. Sullivan, & C. McMahon)

Resting papers
Research fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor/Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), Bonn, Germany

Member, Industrial & Labor Relations Review international editorial board

    Steering committee, Human Capital Research Collaborative 
    Director, Spring Bank

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