Congratulations to Betsey Stevenson on her election to the American Economic Association Executive Committee.

Betsey Stevenson, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Previous and Present Positions:

Member, Council of Economic Advisers 2013-15; Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, University of Sydney, 2015-; Chief Economist U.S. Department of Labor, 2010-11; Visiting Assistant Professor and Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Industrial Relations Section, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 2011-12; Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 2004-10.


Wellesley College, B.A. in Economics and Mathematics, 1993; Harvard University, Ph.D., 2001.


“Bargaining in the Shadow of the Law: Divorce Laws and Family Distress” (with Wolfers) Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2006; “The Impact of Divorce Laws on Marriage-Specific Capital,” Journal of Labor Economics, 2007; “Marriage and Divorce: Changes and Their Driving Forces,” (with Wolfers) JEP, 2007; “Economic Growth and Subjective Well-Being: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox,” (with Wolfers) Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2008; “Divorce-Law and Women’s Labor Supply,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2008; “Happiness Inequality in the United States,” (with Wolfers) Journal of Legal Studies, 2008; “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness,” AEJ: Economic Policy, 2009; “Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2010; “The Polls–Review: Inaccurate Age and Sex Data in the Census PUMS Files: Evidence and Implications” (with Alexander and Davern) Public Opinion Quarterly, 2010; “Trust in Public Institutions over the Business Cycle” (with Wolfers), AER: Papers and Proceedings, 2011; “The New Stylized Facts About Income and Subjective Well-being” (with Saks and Wolfers), Emotion, 2012; “Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress” (with Wolfers), Journal of Legal Studies, 2012; “Subjective Well-Being and Income: Is There Any Evidence of Satiation?” (with Wolfers), AER: Papers and Proceedings, 2013; “Economic Analysis and Statistical Disclosure Limitation’ Comments and Discussion,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2015; “Business Tax Reform and the Labor Market,” (with Furman) in Michael Strain (ed.), The U.S. Labor Market: Questions and Challenges for Public Policy, 2016.

AEA Offices, Committee Memberships, and Honors:

Associate Editor, JEP 2017-; Committee on Government Relations 2015-.

Other Affiliations and Honors:

Research Associate, NBER 2012-; Research Advisory Board, Committee for Economic Development 2017-; Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Research Fellow 2016-; John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award, 2010; CESifo Research Fellow 2007-; Advisory Panel, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2011-13.

Other Elected AEA Officers:

Ben S. Bernanke (Distinguished Fellow in Residence, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution) as President

Susan C. Athey (The Economics of Technology Professor, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University) as Vice-President

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Economics, Yale University) as Vice-President

Adriana Lleras-Muney (Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA) to the Executive Committee