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Laura Wolf-Powers

University of Pennsylvania
Research Fellow
Brooklyn, NY
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 motivating community development practice, or the power of metaphors to reframe policy issues in the interest of social equity.