Working Papers

  • State Tax Effects and Entrepreneurship: Estimates from a Border Model With Agglomeration Economies (with Stuart Rosenthal and Amanda Ross) (Revisions Requested)

  • Bankruptcy and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Border Approach (with Amanda Ross)(submitted)

  • Do Federal Trade Zones Cause Spill-Over Effects? (with Sucharita Ghosh and C. Lockwood Reynolds)(submitted)

  • The Distributional Effects of the Federal Empowerment Zone Programs (with C. Lockwood Reynolds)(submitted)

  • 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)

  • The Impact of Import-related Displacement on Local Business Activity (with Jooyoun Park and C. Lockwood Reynolds)(Revisions Requested)

  • How Dark Is Dark? Bright Lights, Big City, Racial Profiling (with William C. Horrace)(submitted)

Contact and About

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

Office: (330) 672-1098
Fax: (330) 672-9808

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

Shawn Rohlin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Kent State University. His research specialties are in Urban, Public Finance and Labor Economics. Specifically, his research studies how government policies impact local economic factors, such as business location decisions. 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. His research has been published in numerous research journals His research has won the "Most Outstanding Paper" in 2011 for Public Finance Review. He received his Ph.D. and Master's degree in economics from Syracuse University in 2009 and 2006, respectively. While at Syracuse, his main advisor was Stuart Rosenthal. 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.


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 Micro Economics
  • Principles of Macro Economics