Working Papers

  • The Effect of State and Local Sales Taxes on Employment at State Borders (with Jeffery P. Thompson) Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2013-49. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)(submitted)

  • Do Spatially Targeted Redevelopment Incentives Work? The Answer Depends on How You Ask the Question” (with Andrew Hanson)

Contact and About

Shawn M. Rohlin
Department of Economics
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

Econ. Office: (330) 672-1098
Center of Ent.: (330) 672-9426

Primary Fields: Urban and Regional Economics, Public Finance, Labor Economics
Secondary Fields: Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, Environmental Economics

Shawn Rohlin is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State University and an Associate Professor of Economics at Kent State University. His fields of research are in Urban Economics, Public Finance, Entrepreneurship and Labor Economics. His research primarily focuses on the determinants of businesses such as agglomeration, displacement and government policies. He has studied the effects of location-based tax incentives, taxation, bankruptcy law and the minimum wage.

His research has published in general interest economics journals (Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, and Economic Inquiry), urban and regional economics journals (Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Regional Science and Urban Economics) and public economics journals (Public Finance Review).

He recently received funding from two major sponsors. First, from the Kauffman Foundation ($76,600) to study how local taxation affects entrepreneurship using regression discontinuity design. Second, from the National Institute of Justice ($280,000) to study how police officer learning and mentoring affect racial profiling. He received the Junior Scholar Award from the Lincoln Land Institute in 2011. In 2012, he received the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation.

He received his Ph.D. and Master's degree in economics from Syracuse University in 2009 and 2006, respectively. Shawn also graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004.

Curriculum Vitae

A CV is available for download in PDF format.


Ph.D Level Classes
  • Regional Economics
Masters Level Classes
  • Applications of Mathematical Models
  • Regional Economic Analysis and Development
  • Seminar in Economic Impact Studies
  • Regional Economics
Undergraduate Level Classes
  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics