Howard J. Shatz

Howard J. Shatz
Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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; Post-graduate 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 RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in international economics, including international development, and economics and national security. His RAND research has included Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction; economic issues related to Russia’s war on Ukraine; international economic competition, including U.S.-China competition, and the U.S. role in the global economic order; great power competition in the Middle East; the finances and management of the Islamic State and its predecessors; and socio-economic policy projects in China, Israel, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Mongolia, and Saudi Arabia. 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. Shatz has written journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on 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 and 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. He holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.

Selected Publications

Shatz, Howard J., Gabrielle Tarini, Charles P. Ries, and James Dobbins, Reconstructing Ukraine: Creating a Freer, More Prosperous, and Secure Future, RAND Corporation (RR-A2200-1), 2023

Shatz, Howard J., Disruption Without Change: The Consequences of COVID-19 on the Global Economic Balance, RAND Corporation (RR-A1464-1), 2022

Wasser, Becca, Howard J. Shatz, John J. Drennan, Andrew Scobell, Brian G. Carlson, and Yvonne K. Crane, Crossroads of Competition: China, Russia, and the United States in the Middle East, RAND Corporation (RR-A325-1), 2022

Howard J. Shatz, Economic Competition in the 21st Century, RAND Corporation (RR-4188), 2020

Johnston, Patrick B., Mona Alami, Colin P. Clarke, and Howard J. Shatz, Return and Expand? The Finances and Prospects of the Islamic State After the Caliphate, RAND Corporation (RR-3046), 2019

Howard J. Shatz, Louay Constant, Francisco Perez-Arce, Eric Robinson, Robin Beckman, Haijing Huang, Peter Glick, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Improving the Mongolian Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth, RAND Corporation (RR-1092), 2015

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), 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), 2007

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC World Service; Calcalist; Cheddar; CNBC; i24news, Israel; J-Air; Jazeera America; NPR; Rudaw English, Kurdistan & Iraq; Voice of America; Who What Why

Commentary: The Cleveland Plain Dealer; The Diplomat; Fox News Channel;; The Hill; The National Interest; Newsweek; New York Daily News; Politico; U.S. News & World Report; War on the Rocks