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Laura Leete

Associate Professor
Phone: 541-346-0834
Office: 156 Hendricks Hall
Research Interests: policy analysis, labor markets, poverty and social policy

PhD (economics), Harvard University
MA (economics), Harvard University
BA (economics), University of California-Berkeley

Summary of Interests

  • Policy Analysis
  • Poverty and Social Policy
  • Labor Market Institutions and Policy
  • Nonprofit Economics and Nonprofit Labor Markets

Current Interests

  • The effects of income volatility on well-being


  • PPPM 415: Policy and Planning Analysis
  • PPPM 455/555: Topics in Social Policy
  • PPPM 484: Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PPPM 628: Public Sector Economics
  • PPPM 636: Public Policy Analysis
  • PPPM 637: 48-Hour Policy Analysis Project

Selected Publications

Laura Leete, Neil Bania and Andrea Sparks-Ibanga, “Congruence and Coverage: Alternative Approaches to Identifying Urban Food Deserts and Food Hinterlands”, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 204–218, 2012.

Andrea Sparks, Neil Bania and Laura Leete, “Comparative Approaches to Measuring Food Access in Urban Areas: The Case of Portland, Oregon”, Urban Studies, Vol. 48, No. 8, pp. 1715-37, 2011.

Laura Leete and Neil Bania, “The Effect of Income Shocks on Food Insufficiency”, Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 505-526, 2010.

Laura Leete, “The Valuation of Volunteer Labor” in Bruce Seaman and Dennis Young, editors, Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management, pp. 238-248, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010.

Neil Bania and Laura Leete, “Monthly Household Income Volatility in the U.S., 1991/92 vs. 2002/03”, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 29, No.3, pp. 2096-2108, 2009.

Neil Bania, Laura Leete and Claudia Coulton, “Job Access, Employment and Earnings: Outcomes for Welfare Leavers in an Urban Labor Market”, Urban Studies, Vol. 45, No. 11, pp. 2179-2202, 2008.

Chris Benner, Laura Leete and Manuel Pastor, Staircases or Treadmills? Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy, Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2007.

Laura Leete, “Work in the Nonprofit Sector”, in Richard Steinberg and Walter Powell, editors, The Nonprofit Sector Research Handbook, 2nd edition, pp. 159-179, Yale University Press, 2006.

Laura Leete, Chris Benner, Manuel Pastor and Sarah Zimmerman, “Labor Market Intermediaries in the Old and New Economies: A Survey of Worker Experiences in Milwaukee and Silicon Valley” in Bob Giloth, editor, Workforce Intermediaries for the 21st Century, Temple University Press, 2004.

Laura Leete and Neil Bania, “Oregon Case Study” in The Workforce Investment Act in Eight States: State Reports from a Field Network Study, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 2004.

Neil Bania, Claudia Coulton and Laura Leete, “Public Housing Assistance, Public Transportation and the Welfare-to-Work Transition”, Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 7-44, 2003.

Laura Leete, “Whither the Nonprofit Wage Differential? Estimates from the 1990 Census”, Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 136-170, 2001. Reprinted in R. Steinberg, editor, The Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises, (International Library of Critical Writings in Economics: Series Editor: Mark Blaug), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004.

Laura Leete, “Wage Equity and Employee Motivation in Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organizations, Vol. 43, pp. 423-446, 2000.

Laura Leete, “History and Housework: Implications for Work Hours and Family Policy in Market Economies”, in D. Figart and L. Golden, editors, Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives, London: Routledge Press, 2000.

Laura Leete and Neil Bania, “The Impact of Welfare Reform on Local Area Labor Markets”, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 50-76, 1999.

Claudia Coulton, Laura Leete and Neil Bania, “Housing, Transportation and Access to Suburban Jobs by Welfare Recipients in the Cleveland Area”, in Sandra J. Newman, editor, The Home Front: Implications of Welfare Reform for Housing, Washington DC: Urban Institute Press, 1999.

Laura Leete, Neil Bania and Claudia Coulton, “Welfare Reform: Using Local Labor Market Data for Policy Analysis and Program Planning”, Workforce Investment Quarterly (National Governor’s Association), Vol. 5, No. 1, 1998.

Elaine McCrate and Laura Leete, “Black-White Wage Differences among Young Women, 1977-86”, Industrial Relations, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 168-183, 1994.

Laura Leete and Juliet Schor, “Assessing the Time-Squeeze: Hours Worked in the U.S., 1969-89”, Industrial Relations, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 25-43, 1994.