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Ann Huff Stevens


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 1995
  • B.S., Economics and Political Science, American University, 1988


Ann Huff Stevens is Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, a Professor in the Department of Economics and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management. With expertise in labor economics and public economics, she studies low-income workers and labor markets, the incidence and effects of job loss, connections between economic shocks and health, and poverty and safety-net dynamics. She also is a faculty research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Research Focus

Professor Stevens' research encompasses studies of the relationship between job loss and health; the relationship between aggregate unemployment rates and mortality; and the returns to technical and vocational education. She has served as an investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

Selected Publications

  • Stevens, A.H., D. L. Miller, M.E. Page, and M. Filipski. "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: Understanding Pro-cyclical Mortality." American Economic Journals: Economic Policy (forthcoming, 2015).
  • Stevens, A. H., and J. Moulton. "Effects of Late-Life Job Loss on Wealth and Labor Supply." Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health. Ed. K. A. Couch, M. C. Daly, and J. M. Zissimopoulos. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.
  • Stevens, A. H. "Poverty Transitions." Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty. Ed. P. Jefferson. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Hoynes, H., M. Page, and A. H. Stevens. "Can targeted Transfers Improve Birth Outcomes?: Evidence from the Introduction of the WIC Program." Journal of Public Economics 95.7 (2011): 813–827.
  • Stevens, A. H., and J. Schaller. "Short-run Effects of Parental Job Loss on Children's Academic Achievement." Economics of Education Review 30.2 (2011): 289–299.


At the graduate level Ann Huff Stevens teaches courses in Labor and Public Economics; at the undergraduate level she teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Labor Economics and Public Economics.


  • UC Davis Office of Research, Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts ($500,000 grant): "California Community Colleges, Vocational Programs and Workforce Development: Improving the Workforce and Improving Lives" (cluster leader), 2013–2016.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (PI, $4,000,000 grant): "UC Davis Poverty Research Center," 2011–2016
  • National Science Foundation (co-PI, $360,000 grant): "Why are Recessions Good for Your Health? Understanding Pro-cyclical Mortality," 2009–2012
  • Provost's Hybrid Course Development Award, "Poverty, Inequality & Public Policy," 2014
  • Chair, Provost's Study Group on Access and Affordability, 2014