Cameron A. Shelton, Ph.D.
Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy
Cameron A. Shelton has served as the Director of the Lowe Institute of Political Economy since 2016. He is also a McMahon Family Associate Professor of Political Economy and George Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College where he teaches courses in macroeconomics and political economy.
Professor Shelton’s research addresses whether and how the institutions that structure political competition affect macroeconomic policy and outcomes. His research, often with students, has been published and cited in highly regarded journals in both political science and economics. His research assistants and thesis advisees have gone on to doctoral work in political science and economics at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and other prestigious programs.
Professor Shelton received his Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2005.
Awards and Affiliations
- Wicksell Prize, 2007
- Co-founder: Suited, Inc.
- Research Fellow, Inland Empire Economic Council
- Director, Lowe Institute of Political Economy
- Associate Editor, Public Finance Review
Research and Publications
- "Gerrymandering in State Legislatures: Frictions from Axiomatic Bargaining" (with Hisam Sabouni) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2022) 14(4): 1-25.
- "State Legislative redistricting: The Effectiveness of Traditional Districting Principles in the 2010 Wave." (with Hisam Sabouni) (2021) Election Law Journal 20.2:198-214.
- "Policy Uncertainty and Manufacturing Investment: Evidence from U.S. State Elections" (with Nathan Falk) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2018) 10(4): 135-152.
- "Congress and the Federal Reserve" (with Gregory Hess) Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, (2016), 48(4), 603-633.
- "Legislative Electoral Budget Cycles" Public Choice, (2014), 159(1), 251-275.
- "The Vicious Cycle: Fundraising and Perceived Viability in US Presidential Primaries" (with James Feigenbaum) Quarterly Journal of Political Science (2012) 7: 1-40.
- "The Information Content of Elections and Varieties of the Partisan Political Business Cycle" Public Choice (2012) 150(1-2) 209-240
- "Elections and Political Risk: New Evidence from Political Prediction Markets in Taiwan" (with Masami Imai) Journal of Public Economics (2011), 95(7-8) 837-849
- "The Aging Population and the Size of the Welfare State: Is There A Puzzle?" Journal of Public Economics (2008), 92(3-4) 647-651.
- "The Size and Composition of Government Expenditure" Journal of Public Economics (2007), 91 (11) 2230-2260.