Simeon Alder is a visiting assistant professor of economics at UW-Madison. Previously, he has been on faculty at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the macroeconomics of growth and development as well as the role of entrepreneurial and managerial talent markets in supporting aggregate economic activity. In recent work with Lee Ohanian and David Lagakos, he highlighted the importance of labor and output market institutions for the Rust Belt’s secular decline since the end of World War II. A 2000 MIA graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a 2009 PhD graduate of UCLA, he has been a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis since 2011 and joined the economics department at UW-Madison in 2017.