Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Director of Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Department of Economics

Shawn Rohlin

Shawn Rohlin is an Associate Professor of Economics at Kent State University. His research specialties are in Urban, Public 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 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. Rohlin also graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004.



Ph.D. Economics, Syracuse University, 2009. , M.A. Economics, Syracuse University, 2006. , B.A. Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2004



  • Reynolds, C. Lockwood, & Rohlin, Shawn M. (2014). Do Location-based Tax Incentives Improve Quality of Life and Quality of Business Environment? Journal of Regional Science, 54(1) , pp.1-32.
  • Greenhalgh-Stanley, Nadia & Rohlin, Shawn M. (2013). How Does Bankruptcy Law Impact the Elderly and their Housing Decisions? Journal of Law and Economics, 56(2) pp. 417-45.
  • Hanson, Andrew & Rohlin, Shawn M. . (2013). Do Spatially Targeted Redevelopment Programs Spill-Over. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 43(1), pp. 86-100.
  • Thompson, Jeffery P. & Rohlin, Shawn M. (2012). The Effect of Sales Taxes on Employment: New Evidence from Cross-Border Panel Data Analysis. National Tax Journal, 65(4), 1023-1042.