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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.
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 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.
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.