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Sarah Low


Economist
202-694-5603
Email: slow@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly:

Sarah A. Low is an Economist with the Rural Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. Sarah's research interests include rural economic development, entrepreneurship, labor, land use, amenities, and spatial analysis.



Background:

Sarah previously worked at the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where she conducted research on regional asset indicators, entrepreneurship and innovation, rural obesity, and fiscal federalism.



Education:

Ph.D., Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; B.S., Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, Iowa State University.



Professional Affiliations:

Regional Science Association International, North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA), Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA),



Selected Publications:

Professional Publications

Low, S.A. and A. M. Isserman. 2015. "Where are the Innovative Entrepreneurs? Identifying Innovative Industries Measuring Innovative Entrepreneurship." International Regional Science Review. Vol. 38(2), 171-201.

Wojan, T.R., Dotzel, K. R., and S. A. Low. 2015. "Decomposing Regional Patenting Rates: How the composition factor confounds the rate factor." Regional Studies, Regional Science. Vol 2(1), 535-551.

Low, S.A. 2014. "Entrepreneurship Rural Wealth Creation." Chapter 13 in Rural Wealth Creation, edited by John Pender et al. Routledge. May.

Weiler, S. and S. A. Low. 2012. "Measurement Storytelling in Regional Science: An Intergenerational Perspective on Lessons Learned from Andrew Isserman." International Regional Science Review. Vol. 36(1), 69-80.

Low, S.A. and S. Weiler. 2012 "Employment Risk, Returns, Entrepreneurship," Economic Development Quarterly. Vol. 26(3).

Thilmany McFadden, D. and S. A. Low. 2012. "Will Local Foods Influence American Diets?" Choices. First quarter.

Markley, D. and S. Low. 2012. "Wealth, Entrepreneurship, Rural Livelihoods," Choices. First quarter.

Low, S.A. 2010. Book Review, "Hollowing out the Middle: The rural brain drain what it means for America." Review of Regional Studies. Vol. 39(2).

Ahearn, M.C., Kilkenney, M., and Low, S.A. 2009. "Trends Impacts of Rural School Finance," American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 91(5).

Low, S.A. and Isserman, A.M. 2009. "Ethanol the Local Economy: Industry Trends, Location Factors, Economic Impacts, Risks," Economic Development Quarterly. February.

Henderson, J., Low, S.A., and Weiler, S. 2007. "The Drivers of Regional Entrepreneurship in Rural Metro Areas" in Norman Walzer, ed., Entrepreneurship Local Economic Development, Chapter 5. Lexington Books.

Low, S.A. 2006. "Entrepreneurship in the Region" edited by Michael Fritsch Jurgen Schmude. Papers in Regional Science, pp. 331-333, June.

Low, S.A., Henderson, J., Weiler, S. 2005. "Gauging a Region's Entrepreneurial Potential," Economic Review, pp. 61-89, Third Quarter.

Policy Publications

Low, S.A., et al. 2015. "Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress." Economic Research Service (AP-068). January.

Vogel. S. and S.A. Low. 2015. "The Size and Scope of Locally Marketed Food Production." Amber Waves. January/February.

Low, S.A. 2014. Local and Regional Foods, Agricultural Act of 2014. ERS webpage. April.

Low, S.A. 2014. County-level Oil & Gas Production in the U.S. ERS data product. February.

Weber, J., S. Low, and N. Walsh. 2014. "Onshore Oil & Gas Development: Introducing a County-Level Database of Production for 2000-2011". Amber Waves. January/February.

Low, S.A. and S. Vogel. 2011. "Direct Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States." ERR-128. November.

Low, S.A. and S. Vogel. 2011. "Local Foods Marketing Channels Encompass a Wide Range of Producers." Amber Waves. Vol 9(4).

Vogel, S. and S. Low. 2010. "Urban Areas Prove Profitable for Farmers Selling Directly to Consumers." Amber Waves. Vol. 8(3), p. 8.

Stenberg, P. and S. Low. 2009. "Rural Broadband At A Glance." EIB-47. February.

Low, S. and Isserman A. 2007. "Ethanol the Local Economy," Corn-Based Ethanol in Illinois the U.S.: A Report from the Department of Agricultural Consumer Economics, Chapter 5. University of Illinois. November.

Henderson, J. and Low, S. 2006. "Obesity: America's Economic Epidemic," Main Street Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Issue #2.

Low, S. 2005. "Regional Asset Indicators: The Wealth of Regions," Main Street Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, September.

Low, S. 2005. "Regional Asset Indicators: Bank Deposit Depth Evolution," Main Street Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, April.

Low, S. "New Federalism Problems or Opportunities for Rural America?" New Issues on the Rural Horizon, Center for the Study of Rural America, Annual Report, 2005.

Low, S. 2004. An Economy of Regions," Building Rural Prosperity in Regions: The Road Less Traveled, Center for the Study of Rural America, Annual Report.

Low, S. 2004. "Regional Asset Indicators: Entrepreneurship Breadth Depth," Main Street Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, September.

Low, S. and McNamara, K. 2003. "Indiana Food Industry: Size, Income, Employment Effects," Purdue University, Staff Paper #2003-03, February.

Low, S. and McNamara, K. 2003. "Indiana Production Agriculture: Size, Structure, and Income Effects," Purdue University, Staff Paper #2003-04, February.

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