Howard J. Shatz

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Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, 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; 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 the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in international economics and economics and national security. His RAND research has included economic competition and the U.S. role in the global economic order; great power competition in the Middle East; the Chinese and Russian economies, technology-based development in China, and China-Israel relations; labor-market reform in Mongolia; the finances and management of the Islamic State and its predecessors; civil service reform, development policies, labor markets, and statistical systems in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; and the development of socioeconomic strategy by governments. 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.

Previous Positions

Senior Economist, U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers; Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

Recent Projects

  • Economic competition in the 21st century
  • China, Russia, and the United States in the Middle East
  • The finances and prospects of the Islamic State
  • China in the developing world
  • Labor market policy in Mongolia

Selected Publications

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

Shira Efron, Howard J. Shatz, Arthur Chan, Emily Haskel, Lyle J. Morris, and Andrew Scobell, The Evolving Israel-China Relationship, RAND Corporation (RR-2641), 2019

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

Andrew Scobell, Bonny Lin, Howard J. Shatz, Michael Johnson, Larry Hanauer, Michael S. Chase, Astrid Stuth Cevallos, Ivan W. Rasmussen, Arthur Chan, Aaron Strong, Eric Warner, and Logan Ma, At the Dawn of Belt and Road: China in the Developing World , RAND Corporation (RR-2273), 2018

Howard J. Shatz, U.S. International Economic Strategy in a Turbulent World, RAND Corporation (RR-1521), 2016

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

Honors & Awards

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

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC World Service; Calcalist; Cheddar; CNBC; i24news, Israel; J-Air; Jazeera America; 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