Niki vonLockette

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University
Chapter Member: Central Pennsylvania SSN
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VonLockette's work examines the impact of residential segregation on unemployment and wages for blacks and Latinos in metropolitan areas. She has served as consultant for the U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She has contributed to the New York Times debates on low-wage workers.

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Opinion: "Desperation Felt by Workers and Consumers," Niki vonLockette, The New York Times, May 12, 2015.


"Wage Dynamics and Racial and Ethnic Occupational Segregation Among Less-Educated Men in Metropolitan Labor Markets" (with William E. Spriggs). The Review of Black Political Economy 43, no. 1 (2016).

Studies the wage inequality among similarly educated white, black, and Latino men. Reveals that in metropolitan labor markets characterized by more racial and ethnic segmentation in the low wage market, wages are lower among black and Latino men in particular, and racial-ethnic wage disparities among similarly less-educated white, black, and Latino men are higher.