Aaron Sojourner

Sojourner

Aaron Sojourner

Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

Aaron Sojourner is a labor economist and associate professor at the Carlson School of Management. His research focuses on three areas: (1) effects of labor-market institutions on economic productivity and in politics, (2) policies to promote efficient and equitable development of human capital with a focus on early childhood and K-12 education systems, and (3) behavioral economic approaches to consumer financial decisions.

He is a research fellow at IZA, the leading European labor-economics research institute, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and member of the Human Capital & Economic Opportunity Working Group.

Sojourner completed his PhD 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 MA in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from Yale University.

Professional Achievements

  • Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review (ILRR), and Industrial Relations have published his work and he serves on the ILRR international editorial board.

Publications

February 2018
Procrastination keeps employees at the default contribution rate, but only in “opt-out” plans.
February 2018
Procrastination keeps employees at the default contribution rate, but only in “opt-out” plans.