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What female economists learned bringing research to White House policy making


A talk with former Council of Economic Advisers members Sandra E. Black and Betsey Stevenson

Date & time

Apr 11, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT


Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium (1120)
735 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

About the event: Three influential female economists discuss bringing research to bear on policymaking at the White House. Featuring an all-star panel who have helped to shape policy through the use of evidence. Professor Susan Dynarski will lead a panel discussion with Sandra Black and Betsey Stevenson, who each served on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.

About our panelists

Sandra E. Black holds the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs and is a professor of economics at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. Since that time, she worked as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and an Assistant, Associate, and ultimately Professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA before arriving at the University of Texas, Austin in 2010. She is currently a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Research Affiliate at IZA, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution. She served as a Member of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers from August 2015-January 2017. Her research focuses on the role of early life experiences on the long-run outcomes of children, as well as issues of gender and discrimination.

Betsey Stevenson is an associate professor of public policy at the Ford School, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics. She is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, and serves on the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association. Stevenson recently completed a two-year term as an appointed member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers and served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011. Stevenson is a labor economist whose research focuses on the impact of public policies on the labor market. Her research explores women's labor market experiences, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and the potential value of subjective well-being data for public policy.

Susan Dynarski is a professor of economics, education and public policy at the University of Michigan, co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and president at the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Prior visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Princeton University, she currently serves on the American Economic Journal/Economic Policy Board of Editors is a past editor of Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Labor Economics, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Dynarski‚Äôs research focuses on financial aid, postsecondary schooling, and labor market outcomes and the effectiveness of school reform on academic achievement. She has consulted broadly on student aid reform, at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, White House, Treasury and Department of Education. She has testified to the US Senate HELP and Finance Committees, US House Ways and Means Committee and President's Commission on Tax Reform.