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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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Stevenson discusses trade-off of ending unemployment benefits

Sep 14, 2021 Stateside
Millions have lost a source of income with the federal pandemic unemployment benefits ending. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that while some people will return to work, not all will.  "I do not think that......
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Stevenson predicts employment changes ahead

Sep 3, 2021
Change is inevitable when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising infection rates have caused an otherwise recovering economy to slow, and Betsey Stevenson predicts there may be more change ahead. “I think we are going to see some of the great...
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Stevenson's insight on ending unemployment benefits

Sep 1, 2021 CNBC
This weekend, millions of Americans will lose their federal unemployment benefits. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that lawmakers need to consider employment effects, like decreases in spending. "People need the...
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Workers playing musical chairs, says Stevenson

Aug 23, 2021 NPR
While employers are finding it difficult to find workers, economist Betsey Stevenson told NPR she is not concerned. “There is just more churn than normal,” says Stevenson. “It’s like a giant game of musical chairs, and it’s taking everyone longer...
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'A traumatically impacted economy' -Stevenson

Aug 16, 2021 Newsweek Mexico
The economy has "been traumatically impacted" from the pandemic, says Betsey Stevenson. "I don't think it would have been possible to imagine something like this, a situation in which people simply had to stop going to work for their own health...
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More older workers exiting the labor market, says Stevenson

Aug 10, 2021 Bloomberg
The U.S. labor force continues to evolve as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how and why it has transformed in a recent Bloomberg interview. "We saw labor force...
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What's next in a post-pandemic economy? - Stevenson

Aug 3, 2021
As the economy and world attempts to return to normal with the help of the COVID-19 vaccine, a new normal -- from social norms to remote work -- is emerging. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently spoke with Project...
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Stevenson insists not to be afraid of inflation

Jul 29, 2021 Marketplace
With inflation running higher than it ever has in a decade, some Americans are worried about the effects it could have on the economy. But Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says not to worry. "People think that inflation...
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Stevenson explains boom in low-wage labor demand

Jul 20, 2021 The New York Times
As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for low-wage labor has spiked, and along with it, wages. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, laid out exactly what is happening in the economy. “What’s happening...
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Stevenson marks the 'Age of (Re)Discovery'

Jul 11, 2021
As economists realize that the world has entered a new economic era, Foreign Policy asked 13 economists to name and identify this new era. Among them was Betsey Stevenson, Ford School professor of public policy and economics. She named the new era...
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Pandemic has changed employer perceptions, says Stevenson

Jul 8, 2021 Marketplace
Since the pandemic forced many workers to take an employment break, Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that employers may have more understanding when it comes to gaps in resumes and the benefits of workplace...
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Stevenson explains 'double-whammy' for low-income households

Jul 6, 2021 CNN Business
Lower-income students are already more likely to be behind in school than their higher-income peers, but the COVID-19 pandemic worsened that gap. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how the pandemic hit lower-income...
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Stevenson tackles history of tax cuts

Jun 28, 2021 Rear Vision
The ongoing American debate about tax cuts for the rich has been raging since the 1980's. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained where the idea of supply-side, or "trickle-down" economics originated. "This was an...
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Stevenson addresses child care in Senate committee testimony

Jun 24, 2021
The importance of access to child care in the economic recovery was emphasized by Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson in testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on Wednesday, June 23. "The choices you...
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Stevenson considers how COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily lives

Jun 21, 2021
With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across the country, what does the "other side" of the pandemic look like? Many realize that everything will not revert to pre-pandemic "normal." Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, has...
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Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Q&A with Betsey Stevenson

Jun 10, 2021
Ford School economist Betsey Stevenson, a leading voice on the COVID-19 “she-cession,” discusses her work and her academic passion. State & Hill: What inspired you to study and spend so much of your career focusing on women in the labor...
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Stevenson highlights 'returnships' for mothers

Jun 1, 2021 CNN Business
The pandemic has forced many working mothers to leave the workforce and instead care for their children at home. The issue as the world opens back up: how can those women return to the workforce. "Returnships", or programs that offer training,...
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Stevenson comments on childcare

May 27, 2021 Bloomberg Radio
The pandemic has brought to light the struggle that many working moms go through, prompting consideration of how to alleviate some of those struggles. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained to Bloomberg Radio how the...
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Stevenson weighs in on unemployment benefits debate

May 24, 2021 CNBC
As businesses begin to open up again unemployment benefits and those receiving them are topics of debate. Staffing shortages are common and people are asking where the work force has gone. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics,...
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Stevenson comments on UN economist gender gap

May 17, 2021 Foreign Policy
After an internal memo from the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) came to light, a debate about the U.N.'s hiring practices arose. The memo asked for managers to drop a requirement for a doctorate degree, in order to be able to hire...
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Stevenson comments widely on COVID-19 recovery, minimum wage

May 10, 2021
Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson has been commenting on the debate about raising the minimum wage and the contours of the COVID-19 recovery. When the April jobs report was released, with significantly fewer jobs created than were...
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Women looking for jobs may have trouble, says Stevenson

Apr 20, 2021 NPR Marketplace
Professor Betsey Stevenson commented that the industries where many women work—like hospitality, for example—have been most impacted by the pandemic: "The businesses might have shut down. The entire industry or sector may have...
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Stevenson discusses drop in labor force participation amongst women

Apr 15, 2021 DPTV
As part of a Detroit Public TV special segment on the brutal economic effect of the COVID-19 recession on women, Betsey Stevenson discusses the precipitous drop in female labor force participation over the last year — a shocking 57% drop, to the...