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Sarah Low



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.


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.


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

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

Markley, D. & S. Low. 2012. " Wealth, Entrepreneurship, and Rural Livelihoods,"Choices. April. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Policy Publications

Low, S.A. and S. Vogel. 2011. " Direct and 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 6pp. February.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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