Sarah A. Low

Economist
202-694-5603
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

PhD, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; MS, Agricultural Economics, Purdue University; BS, Public Service and Administration in Agriculture, Iowa State University.

Professional Affiliations

Southern Regional Science Association (currently, President-Elect), Regional Science Association International, North American Regional Science Council, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Selected Publications

Professional Publications

Van Sandt, A., S.A. Low, and D. Thilmany McFadden. Forthcoming. "Exploring Regional Patterns of Agritourism in the U.S.: What's Driving Clusters of Enterprises?" Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Conroy, T., Weiler, S. and S. A. Low. 2017. "Fueling Job Engines: Impacts of Small Business Loans on Establishment Births in Metropolitan and Nonmetro Counties." Contemporary Economic Policy. 35(3):578-595. 

O’Hara, J. and S.A. Low. 2016. "The Influence of Metropolitan Statistical Areas on Direct-to-Consumer Agricultural Sales of Local Food in the Northeast," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 45(3):539-562. December.

Low, S.A. and J.P. Brown. 2016. "Manufacturing Plant Survival in a Period of Decline." Growth & Change. 48(3):297–312.

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

Wojan, T., K. Dotzel, and S. Low. 2015. "Decomposing Regional Patenting Rates: How the Composition Factor Confounds the Rate Factor," Regional Studies, Regional Science 2(1):535-551.

Low, S. 2014. "Entrepreneurship Rural Wealth Creation," in Rural Wealth Creation, J. Pender et al, ed. Routledge.

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

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

McFadden, D., and S. 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. 2010. Book Review, "Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America," Review of Regional Studies 39(2).

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

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

Henderson, J., S. Low, and S. Weiler. 2007. "The Drivers of Regional Entrepreneurship in Rural Metro Areas," in Entrepreneurship Local Economic Development, N. Walzer, ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Low, S. 2006. "Entrepreneurship in the Region," Papers in Regional Science, M. Fritsch, and J. Schmude, eds. pp. 331-333.

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

Policy Publications

Low, S.A. 2017. "Rural Manufacturing Survival and Its Role in the Rural Economy," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Low, S.A. 2017. "Rural Manufacturing at a Glance," Economic Research Service (EIB-177).

Low. S.A. 2017. "Rural Manufacturing Resilience: Factors Associated with Plant Survival, 1996-2011," Economic Research Service (ERR-230).

Low, S., et al. 2015. Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress, AP-068, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Vogel. S., and S. Low. January/February 2015. "The Size and Scope of Locally Marketed Food Production," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Low, S. April 2014. Local and Regional Foods, Agricultural Act of 2014, ERS webpage, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Low, S. February 2014. County-level Oil and Gas Production in the U.S., ERS data product, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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

Low, S., and S. Vogel. 2011. Direct Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States, ERR-128, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Low, S., and S. Vogel. December 2011. "Local Foods Marketing Channels Encompass a Wide Range of Producers," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Vogel, S., and S. Low. September 2010. "Urban Areas Prove Profitable for Farmers Selling Directly to Consumers," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Stenberg, P., and S. Low. 2009. Rural Broadband At A Glance, EIB-47, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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

Henderson, J., and S. Low. 2006. "Obesity: America's Economic Epidemic," Main Street Economist 1(2):1-5. Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Low, S. September 2005. "Regional Asset Indicators: The Wealth of Regions," Main Street Economist, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Low, S. April 2005. "Regional Asset Indicators: Bank Deposit Depth Evolution," Main Street Economist, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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

Low, S. December 2004. An Economy of Regions, "Building Rural Prosperity in Regions: The Road Less Traveled," Main Street Economist, Annual Report, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Low, S. September 2004. "Regional Asset Indicators: Entrepreneurship Breadth Depth," Main Street Economist, Center for the Study of Rural America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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

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