Howard J. Shatz

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Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.I.A. in international policy analysis and management, Middle East studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; postgraduate study in Middle East studies, Tel Aviv University; A.B. in history, Brown University

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Howard J. Shatz is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, specializing in international economics, including economic development, foreign direct investment, and international trade; and economics and national security. His RAND research has included civil service reform, economic development policies, labor markets, and data collection systems in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; technology-based development in China; the economics and finances of terrorist groups in Iraq; the development of socio-economic strategy by governments; Iraqi and Afghan economic issues; the energy economies of Latin America and Africa; a country study of Mexico; highways and the U.S. economy; global aging; and the economic effects of a multiple-species habitat conservation area in California. From 2007 to 2008, he was on leave from RAND, serving as a senior economist at the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers, where his policy areas foreign investment, the economy of Iraq, and U.S. exports.

Shatz has written academic journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports about trade and labor markets, exchange rates and economic performance, the geography of international investment, services trade, and trade barriers and low-income countries. Before joining RAND, he was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where he focused on California's interactions with the global economy. Shatz has held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and has worked as a consultant to the World Bank and on advisory projects for countries in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia.

Recent Projects

  • Economic development policies and labor markets in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
  • The development of socio-economic strategy by governments
  • Military primacy and the U.S. economy
  • The economic and financial behavior of threat groups in Iraq
  • Technology-based development in Guangzhou. China

Selected Publications

Benjamin W. Bahney, Radha K. Iyengar, Patrick B. Johnston, Danielle F. Jung, Jacob N. Shapiro, Howard J. Shatz, "Insurgent Compensation: Evidence from Iraq," American Economic Review, 103(3):518-522, 2013

Keith Crane, Howard J. Shatz, Shanthi Nataraj, Steven W. Popper, Xiao Wang, An Outline of Strategies for Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City, RAND Corporation (MG-1240), 2012

C. Ross Anthony, Michael L. Hansen, Krishna B. Kumar, Howard J. Shatz, Georges Vernez, Building the Future: Summary of Four Studies to Develop the Private Sector, Education, Health Care, and Data for Decisionmaking for the Kurdistan Region - Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-1185), 2012

Martin C. Libicki, Howard J. Shatz, Julie E. Taylor, Global Demographic Change and Its Implications for Military Power, RAND Corporation (MG-1091), 2011

Howard J. Shatz, Karin E. Kitchens, Sandra Rosenbloom, Martin Wachs, Highway Infrastructure and the Economy: Implications for Federal Policy, RAND Corporation (MG-1049), 2011

Benjamin Bahney, Howard J. Shatz, Carroll Ganier, Renny McPherson, Barbara Sude, with Sara Beth Elson, Ghassan Schbley, An Economic Analysis of the Financial Records of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-1026), 2010

Gustavo Bobonis, Howard J. Shatz, "Agglomeration, Adjustment, and State Policies in the Location of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States," The Review of Economics and Statistics, 89(1):30-43, 2007

Orley Ashenfelter, Stephen Ciccarella, Howard J. Shatz, "French Wine and the U.S. Boycott of 2003: Does Politics Really Affect Commerce?" Journal of Wine Economics, 2(1):56-75, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 Silver Merit Award, RAND Corporation
  • 2011 Gold Merit Award, RAND Corporation