Daniel Shoag

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
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Daniel Shoag


Daniel Shoag is an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and an affiliate of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. His research focuses on state and local government finance, worker signalling and the hiring process, and regional and urban economics. Daniel’s research has been published in major academic journals and has been featured, among other outlets, in the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal. He was selected as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2012. Daniel has worked as a visiting scholar  at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University, and was selected as a rising  new scholar by the Stanford University Center on Poverty and Inequality. Daniel has received research grants from the US Department of Transportation,  the Russell Sage Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. He co-founded and now co-chairs the 200+ person HumTech conference in Boston and is a co-editor of the annual peer-reviewed conference proceedings volume. Daniel received his BA and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and lives in Newton with his wife and three children.


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Shoag, Daniel, and Stan Veuger. "Uncertainty and the Geography of the Great Recession." Journal of Monetary Economics 84 (December 2016): 84-93.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Shoag, Daniel, and Stan Veuger. "Taking My Talents to South Beach (and Back)." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-019, May 2017.
    • Shoag, Daniel, James Farrell. "Risky Choices: Simulating Public Pension Funding Stress with Realistic Shocks." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-053, September 2016.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Shoag, Daniel, and Erich Muehlegger. "Cell Phones and Motor Vehicle Fatalities Final Report." U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program, January 2016.

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