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Lorin Kusmin

Lorin Kusmin
Economist
202-694-5429
Email: lkusmin@ers.usda.gov

Briefly:

Lorin Kusmin is an economist in the Rural Economy Branch in ERS's Resource and Rural Economics Division. Since joining ERS in 1990, his research has focused on rural labor markets. Lorin's areas of research include: relative earnings in urban and rural labor markets; factors associated with earnings growth in rural areas; changing skill levels and the returns to skills in rural labor markets; and employment and unemployment  trends in rural areas.

Current Projects

  • Returns to Human Capital in Metro and Nonmetro Areas. This research examines the differences between returns to human capital in rural and urban areas and the extent to which these differences vary with region, gender, and race/ethnicity.
  • Employment and Unemployment Trends in Nonmetro Areas. Data in the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are used to update trends in employment and unemployment as reported in ERS's online Rural Development Briefing Room.
  • Rural America at a Glance (editor). This annual publication provides a summary of information on socioeconomic trends in rural America as well as additional information on topics of emerging interest.
  • Work relating to Economic Recovery: Lessons Learned From Previous Recessions, a project describing the most recent recession and its impact in nonmetro areas in greater detail.
Education:

Lorin holds an M.A. degree in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

Selected Publications:

Parker, T., L. Kusmin, and A. Marre. Economic Recovery: Lessons Learned From Previous Recessions. Amber Waves8:1, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. March 2010.

Kusmin, L. College Completion Rates Rise But Nonmetro Areas Continue To Lag. Amber Waves6:2, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. April 2008.

Kusmin, L., R. Gibbs, and T. Parker. Educations Role in the Metro-Nonmetro Earnings Divide. Amber Waves6:1, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. February 2008.

Kusmin, L., and T. Parker. Rural Employment at a Glance. Economic Information Bulletin Number (EIB21), Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. December 2006.

Kusmin, L. Reclassification of Nonmetro Areas Exaggerates Employment Gap. Amber Waves4:5, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. November 2006.

Kusmin, L. (editor) Rural America at a Glance, 2006 Edition. Economic Information Bulletin Number (EIB18), Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. August 2006.

Gibbs, R., L. Kusmin, and J. Cromartie. Low-Skill Employment and the Changing Economy of Rural America. Economic Research Report Number (ERR10), Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. October 2005.

Gibbs, R., L. Kusmin, and J. Cromartie. Low-Skill Jobs: A Shrinking Share of the Rural Economy. Amber Waves2:5, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. November 2004.

Gibbs, R., and L. Kusmin. Low-Skill Workers Are a Declining Share of All Rural Workers. Amber Waves1:3, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. June 2003.

Whitener, L., R. Gibbs, and L. Kusmin. Rural Welfare Reform: Lessons Learned. Amber Waves1:3, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. June 2003.

Kusmin, L. " Digital Divide" Not to Blame for Rural Earnings Shortfall. Amber Waves1:2, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. April 2003.

Kusmin, L. Wage Premiums for On-the-Job Computer Use: A Metro and Nonmetro Analysis. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Research Report No. 95, December 2002.

Kusmin, L. "Wage Premiums for On-the-Job Computer Use in Metro and Nonmetro Areas." Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Staff Report Number AGES 00-02, October 2000.

Kusmin, L., and R. Gibbs. Less-Educated Workers Face Limited Opportunities to Move to Good Jobs. Rural America15:2, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. May 2000.

Kusmin, L. Skilled Metro Workers Get Highest Payoffs for Using a Computer at Work. Rural America15:2, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. May 2000.

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