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Wolfers provides expertise on current state of economy

Sep 9, 2022
Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, has made numerous appearances in the media recently, providing his expertise on the current state of our economy. Here is a compilation of his recent contributions: 'Both a warning and a...
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Wolfers and Stevenson comment on jobs and inflation

May 6, 2022
Inflation has been as high as 8.5% in recent months, and despite other positive economic factors, CNN reports that President Joe Biden may be “close to the point of no return with Americans on the economy.” Ford School economics professor Justin...
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Wolfers weighs in on Biden's approval ratings

Apr 16, 2022 Los Angeles Times
Despite low unemployment and rising wages, inflation is causing President Biden to struggle with low approval ratings. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, discussed how he would frame the economy to raise approval...
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Stevenson and Wolfers discuss latest jobs report

Apr 4, 2022
The labor market is still booming, according to the latest jobs report. Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson, both professors of public policy and economics, broke down what the jobs report means for Americans. "I do think it more likely that the...
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Stevenson analyzes conflicting views of the economy

Mar 17, 2022 The New York Times
Republican governors across the country have been criticizing President Biden for his economic policies while touting their own. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, weighed in on the trend. “Basically it’s insane to say,...
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Stevenson gives update on the labor market

Mar 6, 2022 Bloomberg
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently appeared on Bloomberg's "Balance of Power" to discuss the latest jobs report.  "We saw a lot of jobs added and we saw employment grow. So, across the board, this is a really...
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Not all Americans included in economic recovery - Wolfers

Feb 6, 2022 Los Angeles Times
The latest jobs report reflects a strong, recovering economy. But, Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, explained that not all Americans are feeling the effects of recovery.  "A lot of people, particularly older people, have...
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Wileden discusses Detroit's unchanged unemployment rate

Feb 4, 2022 WXYZ Detroit
In a recent interview with WXYZ, Lydia Wileden, PhD candidate and research associate on the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study, answered questions about Detroit's unemployment rate, which has stayed at 20% over the last year.  "We do see that a...
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Detroit unemployment rate sits at 20%

Feb 3, 2022
Detroit’s unemployment rate—the proportion of adults who are in the labor force but not currently employed—remains at 20%, virtually unchanged over the course of 2021, according to a new University of Michigan survey.  This is less than half the...
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Stevenson discusses the Great Resignation and inflation

Feb 1, 2022
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently talked to Al Jazeera about the Great Resignation – the phenomenon of millions of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs. She explained what's going on behind the...
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Stevenson named to the National Academy of Social Insurance

Jan 12, 2022
Recognizing her outstanding contributions to social insurance and related policy areas, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has approved the election of Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, to the Academy. She is...
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Stevenson discusses job report calculations

Jan 10, 2022 CNBC
Recent government job reports have consistently undercounted the number of jobs created. Revisions are made regularly pushing those numbers up. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how she estimates total jobs...
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Wolfers provides analysis on jobs, inflation

Dec 5, 2021
As the omicron variant spreads, the impact it will have on the fragile economic recovery remains uncertain. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, talked to numerous media outlets about economic recovery, the jobs report, and...
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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 Build Back Better, inflation, and unemployment

Nov 28, 2021
Betsey Stevenson countered arguments against President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation as the bill passed the House and moved into the Senate. “There is just absolute historic investment in childcare that is really going to benefit so many...
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Latino Michiganders: Key findings from U-M Poverty Solutions

Oct 15, 2021
ANN ARBOR—As National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the culture and contributions of Latinos in the U.S., comes to a close, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan highlights key data from its research that relates to Latinos...
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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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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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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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'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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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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Cooney breaks down Whitmer's labor force revival plan

Jun 15, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
In order to get more people back into the labor force, Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently proposed the idea of paying people who go back to work. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at Poverty Solutions, explained that...