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Melvin Stephens, Jr

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Professor, Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Professor, Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Stephens is a labor economist with research interests in displaced workers, household consumption decisions, aging and retirement, and how the timing of income receipt affects consumption decisions.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Stephens, Melvin, and Takashi Unayama. 2015. "Child Benefit Payments and Household Wealth Accumulation." Japanese Economic Review, 66(4): 447-465. DOI. Abstract.

Stephens, Melvin, and Dou-Yan Yang. 2014. "Compulsory Education and the Benefits of Schooling." American Economic Review, 104(6): 1777-92. DOI. Abstract.

Charles, Kerwin, and Melvin Stephens. 2013. "Employment, Wages, and Voter Turnout." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(4): 111-143. DOI. Abstract.

Krupka, E., and Melvin Stephens. 2013. "The stability of measured time preferences." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 85: 11-19. DOI. Abstract.

Cook, A., M. Gaynor, Melvin Stephens, and Lowell J. Taylor. 2012. "The effect of a hospital nurse staffing mandate on patient health outcomes: Evidence from California's minimum staffing regulation." Journal of Health Economics, 31(2): 340-348. DOI. Abstract.

Stephens, Melvin, and T. Unayama. 2012. "The impact of retirement on household consumption in Japan." Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, 26(1): 62-83. DOI. Abstract.

Stephens, Melvin, and Takashi Unayama. 2011. "The Consumption Response to Seasonal Income: Evidence from Japanese Public Pension Benefits." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(4): 86-118. DOI. Abstract.

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