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Stevenson on why the economy is waiting for workers

Oct 20, 2021 The New York Times
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...
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Shaefer applauds direct payments to address poverty

Oct 20, 2021 NC Policy Watch
“There’s a question of what we do during severe recessions: What we did [during the pandemic] worked, and it worked better than anything we’ve ever done before,” Luke Shaefer told NC Policy Watch. “… If we ever wondered if the well-being of families...
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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...
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Federal unemployment money boosted health care spending

Oct 12, 2021
Emergency federal dollars given to the unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic bolstered health-care spending as jobless rates skyrocketed, a new University of Michigan study found. But the negative consequences of unemployment and moderating...
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Musaddiq details driving factors of school enrollment drops

Oct 7, 2021
Ford School postdoctoral fellow Tareena Musaddiq explains findings from a recent Education Policy Initiative working paper about the pandemic's effects on school enrollment and its consequences in The Conversation. Musaddiq writes that the large...
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Increase in SNAP benefits will combat rising food prices, says Seefeldt

Oct 1, 2021 News Channel 5 Nashville
As food prices continue to rise, an increase in SNAP benefits nationwide will help many low-income families, says Kristin Seefeldt. "We've all heard about and probably felt in our own pocketbooks, the increase in grocery prices. So this will make...
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Psaki mentions Wolfers in press briefing

Sep 29, 2021 The White House
In a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki quoted Justin Wolfers, in regards to the Biden administration's recent vaccine and testing mandate for companies. "Viewing Biden’s vaccine mandate as simply economic policy, it’s...
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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...
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Stange's research provides insights into declining school enrollment

Sep 23, 2021 Marketplace
Across the country last year, kindergarten enrollment dropped. Kevin Stange spoke to Marketplace about his latest research that provides clues in where children might have gone instead. “Something like 2% of that group [first graders] stayed home...
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Vaccine mandate good for business, says Wolfers

Sep 17, 2021 NBC News
Some of America's top business executives met with President Biden on Wednesday to discuss the new vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, explained why executive support for the...
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Johnson criticizes poverty data during pandemic

Sep 15, 2021 Bloomberg Equality
During the pandemic, median real income dropped 2.9%, signaling a rise in poverty. But, according to David Johnson, director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and professor of public policy, "the data shows that the official poverty measure is...
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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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Baer considers long-term challenges for downtown businesses

Sep 14, 2021 AP News
According to Christie Baer, assistant executive director for the University of Michigan's Center on Finance, Law and Policy, downtown businesses face a big decision as the pandemic continues. "Businesses that thought that they just had to weather...
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Shaefer attributes low food insecurity to stimulus checks

Sep 10, 2021 The New York Times
New data reveals that food insecurity stayed low during the pandemic stayed at relatively low levels, which Luke Shaefer attributes to expanded government aid.  “We now have definitive evidence that food hardship is responsive to government aid....
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'The virus is the economy' - Wolfers

Sep 3, 2021 Fox Business News
After a few months of economic recovery, the delta variant is slowing down the economy yet again. "Today's dreadful jobs report - which basically put the recovery on ice for a while - is yet another reminder that the virus is the economy," Justin...
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Cooney sees impact of expanded child tax credit

Sep 3, 2021 The Detroit News
The federal COVID-19 unemployment benefits are ending, but the expanded child tax credit plan was rolled out in July. After those first deposits, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a decline in food insecurity. "It’s heartening to see that expanded...
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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...