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Thursday, April 9 • 9:15am - 10:40am
TH9.15.06 Jobs across space and over time: innovative applications of data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program

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The four papers on this panel demonstrate innovative uses of data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program to investigate policy-relevant empirical issues relating to urban and metropolitan employment. LEHD is a partnership between the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau and State governments. Under the Partnership, states agree to share Unemployment Insurance earnings data and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data with the Census Bureau. Combining these data with data from censuses and surveys, the program creates statistics on employment, earnings, and job flows at detailed levels of geography and industry and for different demographic groups (U.S. Census Bureau 2014). As the use of LEHD grows more common among scholars, this panel explores both the potential and the limitations of this dataset and reveals examples of how the data can be practically applied in policy settings. The papers in the session include comparative explorations of the spatial distribution of working poverty in different cities; the effect of post-Hurricane economic recovery on the nature and location of jobs in New Orleans, and the coping strategies low-income populations adopt in neighborhoods that are characterized by low-earning workers, low car ownership and geographical remoteness from jobs.


Wage Deserts: A Spatial Conceptualization of Working Poverty
Laura Wolf-Powers, CUNY Graduate Center; Josh Warner, University of Pennsylvania; Shiva Kooragayala, University of Pennsylvania

The Location, Prevalence and Dynamics of Wage Deserts in Three Cities
Josh Warner, University of Pennsylvania; Jessica Fisch, Georgia Institute of Technology; Katie Nelson, The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia, PA; Marla Nelson, University of New Orleans; Laura Wolf-Powers, CUNY Graduate Center

The geography of jobs in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans: mapping the recovery for low-wage workers
Marla Nelson, University of New Orleans; Jessica Fisch, Georgia Institute of Technology

Mobility strategies and employment in secondary metropolitan areas
Kate Lowe, University of New Orelans; Kimberly Mosby, University of New Orleans

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Jessica Fisch

Georgia Institute of Technology
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Kate Lowe

University of New Orleans
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Joshua A. Warner

University of Pennsylvania
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Laura Wolf-Powers

Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
I am excited to be presenting a paper called "From Food Deserts to Wage Deserts," which traces the metaphor of the food desert to its origins by drawing on the literature on policy mobility, or “concepts on the move" and which then draws on the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) dataset to map a distinct geospatial portrait of economic deprivation. Talk to me about low-wage work, the conflicted logics... Read More →

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Laura Wolf-Powers

Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
I am excited to be presenting a paper called "From Food Deserts to Wage Deserts," which traces the metaphor of the food desert to its origins by drawing on the literature on policy mobility, or “concepts on the move" and which then draws on the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) dataset to map a distinct geospatial portrait of economic deprivation. Talk to me about low-wage work, the conflicted logics... Read More →

Thursday April 9, 2015 9:15am - 10:40am
Marti (lobby level)