Aaron Hedlund, Ph.D.

Director of Research; Senior Advisor, Center for America Prosperity

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

- G.K. Chesterton

Aaron Hedlund is from Wheaton, Illinois, and serves as the Director of Research and Director of the Center for American Prosperity at AFPI. Most recently, he served as the Chief Domestic Economist and Senior Adviser at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. In this capacity, Hedlund helped design and execute emergency economic measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping coordinate the nationwide health IT data modernization that supported the Operation Warp Speed vaccine program, and analyzing the impact of core domestic priorities ranging from school choice to the Opportunity Zones program for economically distressed areas. Hedlund received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Duke University. Hedlund, his wife, and their four kids live in Columbia, Missouri, where he is also an associate professor economics at the Mitchell E. Daniels School of Business at Purdue University. He and his family enjoy hiking, tennis, watching movies, and exploring the vast expanse that is America. His not-so-secret dream would be to attend a tennis match featuring Roger Federer.

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