Kent State University College of Business Administration Faculty Member Receives Wargo-Brock Grant

Kent, Ohio - Nov. 10, 2016

Shawn Rohlin, Associate ProfessorShawn Rohlin, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State's College of Business Administration, was recently awarded a grant by Wargo-Brock Workforce Dimensions, LLC (WBWD) along with co-author Dandan Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of economics in the College of Business.

WBWD is a Columbus, Ohio-based company that provides a wide range of technical assistance services for Ohio's workforce development system such as forecasting the future economic status of cities in Ohio. The company is contracted with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Rohlin's proposal was selected to be used as a subcontracted project of WBWD, in fulfillment of its contract for technical assistance with ODJFS.

"The goal of this proposal is to combine efforts to analyze the previous forecasting methodologies and improve them if possible," said Rohlin. "This will allow ODJFS to better predict the local economies of cities in Ohio."

Liu's research expertise includes Applied Economics, Applied Econometrics and Economic Forecasting. Combined with Rohlin's expertise in the health of economic status of cities, the two worked together to look at the variables of the current forecasting model to decide whether or not updates are necessary.

"Dr. Rohlin's research continues to impact and improve the economic status of communities on both local and global levels," said Dean Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business Administration.

Rohlin's research specialties are in Urban, Public and Labor Economics. Specifically, his research studies how government policies impact local economic factors. He obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in economics from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Art degree in economics from Syracuse University. Rohlin has received the Junior Scholar Award from the Lincoln Land Institute, the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation and has recently received funding from the Kaufman Foundation & the National Institute for Justice.

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