Working Papers

  • Police Officer Experience, Learning and Bias in Traffic Stops” (with William Horrace and Hyunseok Jung)(submitted)

  • Labor Unions and Occupational Safety” (with Ling Li and Perry Singleton)

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

  • Labor Unions and Occupational Safety” (with Ling Li and Perry Singleton)

  • How do Businesses Respond to Capped-wage Subsides? Evidence from the Federal Empowerment Zone Program” (with Joel Elvery and C. Lockwood Reynolds)

  • Mandate-based Health Care Reform and Business Activity: Evidence from Massachusetts” (with Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley)

  • The Effect of Property Taxes on Businesses: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Approach” (with Ali Enami and C. Lockwood Reynolds)

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, Entrepreneurship, Public Finance
Secondary Fields: Labor Economics, Real Estate, Environmental Economics, Racial Profiling

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. He is currently an associate editor at Journal of Regional Science as well as Economic Development Quarterly. His fields of research are in Urban and Regional Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Public Finance. His business research primarily focuses on the determinants of businesses such as agglomeration, displacement, and effects of 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) as well as urban and regional economics journals (Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.

He has received over $600,000 from 10 externally-funded grants. This includes $76,600 from the Kauffman Foundation to study how local property taxation affects entrepreneurship using regression discontinuity design as well as $280,000 from the National Institute of Justice to study how police officer learning and mentoring affect racial profiling. Lastly, he has received the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation in 2012 and 2018.

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