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Wolfers breaks down jobs report in NYT op-ed

Dec 3, 2021
Following the release of the November jobs report, Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, broke down what it means in an op-ed in The New York Times.  "This chill in employment might lead one to conclude the economy’s too cold,...
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Stevenson on why the economy is waiting for workers

Oct 20, 2021
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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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...
In the Media

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......
In the Media

'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...
In the Media

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...
In the Media

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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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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Cooney answers question of where Michigan workers have gone

May 11, 2021 Detroit Free Press
Businesses and companies need more workers right now, but they can't find them. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at U-M Poverty Solutions, attributed most of the gap between supply and demand of labor to public health. "Our...
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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...
In the Media

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....