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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.
PUBPOL 744

PUBPOL 744: Economics of the Public Sector

Betsey Stevenson
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Winter 2013
8:58-8:58 am EST
This is a course on how economists think about government revenue and government expenditures – how governments raise and spend public money. Public Finance is a subfield of microeconomics.
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Stevenson comments on recession's "triple punch" for women

Jan 12, 2021 CNN
Stevenson tells CNN the impact of the pandemic is a triple punch for women. "They're just disproportionately likely to hold the kinds of jobs we needed to send people home from," said Stevenson. "Women do a lot of caring jobs, in-person jobs....
In the Media

"Women in Economics" podcast features Stevenson

Dec 11, 2020 Women in Economics
“I didn’t see #MeToo coming, but it came, and it’s taking a while still to come for economics, but it is,” says Stevenson. She talks about her research on women’s labor market experiences and how her teaching style has changed in 2020 in the "Women...
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Stevenson's insight on the "shecession" highlighted

Dec 10, 2020 PBS NewsHour
"We lost jobs in retail, and leisure and hospitality, and health care services. And those are all jobs where women hold the majority of the jobs, and they actually got the majority of the layoffs," Stevenson says. "I think it's amplifying the...
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Faculty News Fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...
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Stevenson worries about shrinking labor force

Dec 4, 2020 The Wall Street Journal
“If we don’t get all the workers back, we can never have a V-shaped recovery,” said Stevenson. “Everybody should be worried about making sure that we don’t leave workers...
News

Harris joins Ford School colleagues on Biden-Harris transition

Nov 20, 2020
Ford School professor of practice and Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Adrienne Harris has been named to a Biden-Harris transition Agency Review Team, focusing on the Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Regulators group includes the...
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Michigan Votes - Ford School faculty experts available

Oct 29, 2020
Contact: Daniel Rivkin, rivkind@umich.edu, +1-917-817-6323 Michigan Votes! ANN ARBOR — Experts at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan are available to discuss the election process and results in Michigan...
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Stevenson explains why pandemic is forcing women out of workforce

Oct 23, 2020 The New Yorker
"The pandemic has impacted women differently from men in multiple ways. At the beginning, we really had a gendered shutdown, and that was because many of the industries that laid people off were industries where women were the majority of...
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Stevenson highlights the pandemic's disproportionate toll on moms

Oct 16, 2020 New York Times
“The drop in female labor-force participation was quite dismal and not surprising with the return back to school not happening,” said Betsey Stevenson. Read the full New York Times article on school re-openings in the pandemic...
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Stevenson on the untapped potential of the labor force

Oct 12, 2020 Bloomberg
"I think there’s actually a lot of room for us to do things better, faster, cheaper. That’s where our growth comes from and I’m always an optimist that we can do it," said Stevenson. "I also think that we have a lot of untapped potential in people....
In the Media

Stevenson highlights COVID recession's stark impacts on Gen Z

Oct 2, 2020 Bloomberg Special Report
"What really matters is how long the recession lasts... I think there is already some damage to young people that is going to take them a decade to reverse," said Ford School economist Betsey Stevenson. "So, I think of that already as some permanent...