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Policy

With research as our foundation, we drive policy initiatives designed to tackle some of the region’s most pressing challenges.
Sound economic research is the bedrock of solid economic policy. Great research, in turn, is often inspired by confronting key policy issues in a supportive and independent environment. Our work on a wide range of policy initiatives springs forth from this synergy.

Key initiatives

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Minnesota’s Education Achievement Gaps
Minnesota’s educational disparities are deep, wide and persistent. In this report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, economists Rob Grunewald and Anusha Nath explore and detail the state’s multi-dimensional achievement gaps. They also provide examples for change and of hope.
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Early Childhood Development
The Minneapolis Fed started a focus on early childhood development, or ECD, in 2003 with the essay “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return,” by then-Director of Research Art Rolnick and Economist Rob Grunewald. The piece launched a conversation among researchers, policymakers, and educators about the importance of investing in high-quality ECD programs.
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Ending Too Big to Fail
U.S. banks are consolidating in record numbers and the size and complexity of our largest banks are growing. While this consolidation and growth may not, in and of itself, be bad, one thing is clear: The loss of just one of these too big to fail (TBTF) banks poses an even greater systemic risk than before. Yet, too much depositor protection can result in such banks taking too much risk.
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