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Melvin Stephens, Jr

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Associate Professor, Economics.

Associate Professor, Ford School of Public Polic.

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

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

Cook, A., M. Gaynor, Melvin Stephens, Jr., 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, Jr., 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, Jr., 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.

Stephens, Jr., Melvin. 2008. "The consumption response to predictable changes in discretionary income: Evidence from the repayment of vehicle loans." Review of Economics and Statistics, 90(2): 241-252. DOI. Abstract.

Stephens, Jr., Melvin. 2007. "Are there treatment duration differences in the Seattle and Denver income maintenance experiments?" B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 7(1): 58. DOI. Abstract.

Haider, Steven J., and Melvin Stephens, Jr. 2007. "Is there a retirement-consumption puzzle? Evidence using subjective retirement expectations." Review of Economics and Statistics, 89(2): 247-269. DOI. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainees:

Pawel Krolikowski, Desmond Toohey.