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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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Stevenson discusses state of inflation

Nov 14, 2022 Bloomberg
Betsey Stevenson, Bloomberg: "I certainly thought what we saw was good news. And it's good news because we're seeing inflation start to slow. And we know we've got a ways to go but, we're seeing things moving in the right direction. The thing that's...
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Stevenson analyzes hiring trends

Nov 4, 2022 AP News
Betsey Stevenson, AP News: "Employers continue to be worried that it’s going to be harder to hire tomorrow than today, so that actually suggests they don’t see a recession on the...
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Stevenson reassures Gen Z about inflation

Oct 30, 2022 NPR
Betsey Stevenson, NPR: "The inflation has been pretty darn stable for your whole life and even some of your parents' life. And then all of a sudden, we hit 2021, and it's like, what's happening? They should count themselves lucky for being on the...
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Stevenson discusses impact of factories in econony

Oct 20, 2022 NPR
Betsey Stevenson, NPR: "Every president wants to increase manufacturing. But the future of jobs is in the service sector. We've become so much more productive at making things, we just only need to spend a small share of our resources — our people,...
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Stevenson breaks down inflation's causes on 'Face the Nation'

Oct 19, 2022
As inflation continues to rise, voters are getting more and more worried about the economy. To alleviate some of that concern, Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, provided her expertise on CBS News: Face the Nation. "It is...
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Stevenson and Wolfers address September CPI report for Brookings

Oct 17, 2022 Brookings
Betsey Stevenson, Brookings: "If we can get demand down, we will indeed see that passed through to lower prices, which means the Fed just has to do more. Across the board on average the price of services is rocketing up. And that’s where the Fed is...
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Stevenson reacts to September inflation report

Oct 13, 2022 CNBC
Betsey Stevenson, CNBC: "Obviously, this isn't a report that anyone likes to see. At the same time, I want to say we should never overreact to one report. What are we seeing here? We saw really fast inflation in services. So what's going on? We're...
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Stevenson analyzes September job report

Oct 10, 2022 DBusiness
Betsey Stevenson, DBusiness: "The job growth in September came largely from industries that drove pre-pandemic job growth, but have struggled in the wake of the...
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Stevenson predicts what a no-COVID economy would look like

Oct 7, 2022 NPR Marketplace
What would the economy look like if the COVID-19 pandemic didn't happen? Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, weighed in on the question. "We would have had 5 million more jobs, not 500,000 more jobs," Stevenson said. "A...
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Stevenson provides insight on rising inflation

Oct 3, 2022
As Americans continue to worry about inflation, Professor Betsey Stevenson appeared on NPR and in The New York Times this week. Gen Z is feeling the impacts of high inflation extra hard, NPR, October 1, 2022 "Inflation has been pretty darn...
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Stevenson contextualizes women returning to labor force

Sep 29, 2022 NPR
Two and a half years later, women are returning to work at pre-pandemic levels. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, commented on what that means for the economy. "Women had a very tough road to haul with kids working from...
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Stevenson puts corporate layoffs in perspective

Sep 25, 2022 NPR Marketplace
As sales lag, more corporations are laying off workers, and raising fears of a recession. Though the July Openings and Labor Turnover Survey showed losses of 1.4 million jobs, the average is usually 2 million.  Ford School Professor Betsey...
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Stevenson analyzes uncertain markets

Aug 30, 2022
Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson has been commenting on the many confusions hitting the economy, given worries about inflation and recession, Fed interest rate hikes, and a shifting labor market. When the Job Openings and Labor...
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Stevenson on inflation figures

Jul 18, 2022
Ford school professor Betsey Stevenson has been commenting on the latest inflation figures, which in the U.S. saw an annual rate of 9.1% in June. She told ABC Australia, "Heating your house, filling your tank — that's where Americans are really...
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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...