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Effects of Job Losses on Individuals and Families

Ann Huff Stevens, Ph.D., UC Davis
Apr 26, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 12:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Permanent job losses reached an all-time high in the most recent recession, and the long-term effects of these employment shocks on individuals and their families will be felt for many years to come.  Economists have long-established that permanent job loss leads to large and long-term reductions in income.  Current research goes beyond the income effects of job loss to look at effects on individual health and mortality, family stability, and children’s health and academic achievement.   This talk will summarize what we know about the long-term effects of job loss on a variety of outcomes and what this new research tells us about the relationship between income security and other measures of well-being and productivity.

A StevensAnn Huff Stevens is Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis, and Director of the Center for Poverty Research. Her research interests include job loss, economic shocks and health, and poverty dynamics. Stevens received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995 and served on the faculty at Rutgers and Yale Universities prior to joining UC Davis in 2003. She has served as an investigator on several grants from the National Science Foundation, including a study currently underway to better understand the relationship between cyclical movements in unemployment and mortality. Stevens is also a faculty research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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