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Betsey Stevenson

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Stevenson is a labor economist who publishes widely about the labor market and the impact of public policies on outcomes both in the labor market and for families. Her research explores women's labor market experiences, the economic forces shaping the modern family, and how these experiences and forces influence each other. She served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011, participating as the secretary's deputy to the White House economic team.

Podcasts

From AI to zero emissions Ford School faculty host and are featured in a variety of podcasts, covering policy topics from artificial intelligence, everyday economics, national security, and more.   My job has always been to demonstrate to...
News

Ford School faculty named among “Top 2% Scientists”

Jan 26, 2022
Stanford University named 16 Ford School faculty on their “Top 2% Scientists” list, representing the most-cited scientists with career and single-year impact in various disciplines. The faculty researchers join over 180,000 scientists...
News

Stevenson provides insight on COVID-19 economy

Jan 21, 2022
The recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic hit employment in the service sector hardest, and the workforce is still feeling the effects,  Betsey Stevenson, professor of economics and public policy, told Mother Jones , "The pandemic created a...
Publication

Student questions fuel productive change - Stevenson

Jan 12, 2022
How can professors encourage students to question them? In a recent article, “Sparking Student Curiosity,” Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, lays out her philosophy on teaching and guiding critical thinking. Since they...
News

Stevenson named to the National Academy of Social Insurance

Jan 12, 2022
Recognizing her outstanding contributions to social insurance and related policy areas, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has approved the election of Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, to the Academy. She is...
In the Media

Stevenson discusses job report calculations

Jan 10, 2022 CNBC
Recent government job reports have consistently undercounted the number of jobs created. Revisions are made regularly pushing those numbers up. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how she estimates total jobs...
In the Media

Stevenson breaks down the state of the economy

Jan 7, 2022 Marketplace
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, sat down with Marketplace to discuss the state of the economy.  “People have a harder time putting rising prices in the context of the broader economy,” she said. “(But) when a company...
News

Stevenson's end-of year commentary on the economy

Jan 3, 2022
Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson saw resilience in the U.S. economy at the end of 2021, despite lingering problems for some segments of the population like caregivers.  Speaking with Yahoo! Finance, she said the economy had...
State & Hill

Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news

Dec 13, 2021
"College students can take out loans to pay for college, but it's absolutely impossible to take out a loan to pay for your own preschool. It's just not something a 3- or 4-year-old can do to manage their own education. So the idea that we have...
State & Hill

Spotlights, fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021
Face to face After 18 months of remote learning, teaching, and work, Ford School students, faculty, and staff enjoyed gathering in person for a Fall Welcome in Weill Hall courtyard. Ice cream sandwiches, games, and warm smiles marked the start of...
In the Media

Stevenson and Wolfers on 'The Great Reallocation'

Dec 8, 2021 The New York Times
Writing in The New York Times, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers shared their views on what the future of work looks like in 2022—an economic upheaval they call "The Great Reallocation"—which just may lead to a more humane labor market. They...
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Stevenson fields questions regarding supply chain, labor market

Dec 5, 2021
With holiday shopping upon us, the supply chain has been experiencing even more difficulties. But, Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, say that the issues should be worked out soon. "It's definitely getting a lot better....
News

Lawmakers seek out U-M faculty for expertise on various topics

Dec 1, 2021
Federal lawmakers continue to seek out University of Michigan faculty members to lend their expertise and knowledge to help inform federal policy. In the last year, 13 U-M faculty members and researchers testified at 14 congressional hearings...
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Stevenson on Build Back Better, inflation, and unemployment

Nov 28, 2021
Betsey Stevenson countered arguments against President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation as the bill passed the House and moved into the Senate. “There is just absolute historic investment in childcare that is really going to benefit so many...
News

Stevenson discusses labor market recovery

Nov 17, 2021
Betsy Stevenson offered insights on the labor market and the road to post-pandemic recovery.  Talking about cash assistance programs during the pandemic with Slate, Stevenson said, “We made people better off by giving them money, and I know...
News

The infrastructure bill: U-M Ford school experts can discuss

Nov 15, 2021
After months of haggling and horse-trading, Congress has passed—and President Joe Biden is poised to sign—a more than $1 trillion infrastructure bill. The law will usher in long-sought investment in roads, rail, bridges, broadband, the power grid...
News

Stevenson reflects on the repercussions of COVID-19

Nov 4, 2021
Betsy Stevenson observed key economic indicators and the continuing effects of COVID-19 this week.  At Wednesday’s CNBC Workforce Executive Council Summit, she said, “People seem to be fed up and leaving work...There are a lot of different things...
In the Media

Stevenson optimistic in the face of inflation worries

Oct 27, 2021 Colloquy
In the face of rising inflation and sub-par job growth, Ford School professor Betsey Stevenson is optimistic that the U.S. economy can recover the from the recession and chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She told the podcast Colloquy,...
News

Stevenson on why the economy is waiting for workers

Oct 20, 2021
As the economy recovers, workers are holding out for better compensation and benefits.  “It’s like the whole country is in some kind of union renegotiation,” Betsey Stevenson told the New York Times. “I don’t know who’s going to win in this...
News

Stevenson breaks down September jobs report

Oct 14, 2021
The September jobs report did not reveal things that economists, including Betsey Stevenson, were hoping to see. "If you look at this report, it’s very clear that it’s delta that’s holding it back. We saw the highest number of people working...
News

Stevenson on pandemic effects and opportunities

Sep 29, 2021
This week, Betsey Stevenson spoke to NPR and PBS about the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, from supply chains around the world, to a changing workforce, and U.S. government debt. "COVID's affecting the entire world. There are entire...