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Women in Economics: Betsey Stevenson on Work-Life Balance

January 5, 2023

Betsey Stevenson says greedy jobs often force women to choose between their families or their careers. (Photo: Courtesy of Betsey Stevenson)

We often think about the economy as being driven by how productive we are on the job, but the pandemic made it clear that our personal lives and our work lives are in fact deeply linked. Betsey Stevenson is a labor economist who studies how families are shaped by their economic situations and the decisions that policymakers make. Stevenson is a professor at the University of Michigan and a former economic advisor to the Obama administration. Journalist Rhoda Metcalfe spoke with Betsey Stevenson about her research into the powerful connections between our work and home life for the IMF series on extraordinary Women in Economics.  Transcript

Betsey Stevenson is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves on the executive committee of the American Economic Association.