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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.

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From A.I. 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...
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Gas tax break may not reduce prices - Stevenson

Jun 26, 2022 The New York Times
As the Biden administration considers a holiday on the federal gas tax, an opinion piece in The New York Times says the move may not actually lead to a price reduction at the pump. It states, "By the iron law of supply and demand, if the demand...
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Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
News

Wolfers and Stevenson comment on jobs and inflation

May 6, 2022
Inflation has been as high as 8.5% in recent months, and despite other positive economic factors, CNN reports that President Joe Biden may be “close to the point of no return with Americans on the economy.” Ford School economics professor Justin...
News

Stevenson and Wolfers discuss latest jobs report

Apr 4, 2022
The labor market is still booming, according to the latest jobs report. Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson, both professors of public policy and economics, broke down what the jobs report means for Americans. "I do think it more likely that the...
News

Stevenson discusses gender dynamics in the labor market

Mar 29, 2022
Men and women experience the labor market very differently. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, who studies those differences notes that women's roles as caregivers, and a lack of affordable childcare or paid leave, are major...
News

Senate testimony by Stevenson links labor supply and inflation

Mar 23, 2022
In testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Ford School economics and public policy professor Betsey Stevenson examined, "the link between the labor market, families, caregiving, and the risk of higher future...
In the Media

Oil price uncertainty a factor for the Fed - Stevenson

Mar 21, 2022 NPR Marketplace
The Federal Reserve walks a thin line while trying to stop inflation without stopping growth. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, discussed what they need to consider when deciding which policy levers to pull. “Are we...
In the Media

Stevenson analyzes conflicting views of the economy

Mar 17, 2022 The New York Times
Republican governors across the country have been criticizing President Biden for his economic policies while touting their own. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, weighed in on the trend. “Basically it’s insane to say,...
News

Stevenson describes Biden report, current labor market

Mar 8, 2022
A new report from the Biden administration highlights how employer practices, including collusion and constraints on competiton, are limiting workers' choices and wages. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained the cause...
In the Media

Stevenson gives update on the labor market

Mar 6, 2022 Bloomberg
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently appeared on Bloomberg's "Balance of Power" to discuss the latest jobs report.  "We saw a lot of jobs added and we saw employment grow. So, across the board, this is a really...
In the Media

Stevenson discusses popularity of paid family leave

Mar 3, 2022 Marketplace
Across the country, paid family leave policies are gaining more and more support. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, discussed why. “In a tight labor market, you see employers become quite creative in trying to think...
News

Stevenson testifies on the need for more affordable childcare

Mar 2, 2022
Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, in a hearing  about "how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the already struggling child care sector, and the resulting...
News

Stevenson discusses importance of paid family leave

Feb 23, 2022
In the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents found themselves at home watching their children, rather than working, due to daycare closures. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how child care closures...
In the Media

Stevenson discusses inflation and demand

Feb 13, 2022 CNN Politics
With inflation rising as the economy bounces back from the COVID-19 recession, the automobile industry is one area that has struggled due to labor and supply shortages. "The people screaming for Biden to do something do not want the Fed to raise...
In the Media

Stevenson proposes solutions for inflation

Feb 10, 2022 Yahoo! News
With Americans panicking about rising prices, Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, proposed how to slow inflation down.  "So we've got two ways to fix the problem: We can bring down demand ... or we can try to increase...
News

Stevenson weighs in on January jobs report

Feb 6, 2022
The January jobs report revealed strong employment gains, with 467,000 jobs added in January. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, analyzed the report for numerous media outlets. The jobgains occurred in the midst of a...
News

Stevenson discusses the Great Resignation and inflation

Feb 1, 2022
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently talked to Al Jazeera about the Great Resignation – the phenomenon of millions of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs. She explained what's going on behind the...
News

Stevenson predicts change in household division of labor

Jan 27, 2022
How do assumed roles in parenting affect the gender pay gap? Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, told The Boston Globe that childcare often falls on the mother, impacting wages and compensation. “Women seem to be a little...
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...
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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...
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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...