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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 a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis. She was the founding director of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research and now serves as Deputy Director of the Center.   With expertise in labor economics and public economics, Stevens 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 previously served as Chair of the Department of Economics and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management.

Research Focus

Professor Stevens' research examines the relationship between job loss and health; the causes and consequences of labor force non-participation; and returns to technical and vocational education. Her recent work also includes investigations of the dynamics of deep poverty in the U.S. and persistence in eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit. She has served as an investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute for Education Sciences, and other agencies.  

Selected Publications

  • Stevens, Ann Huff, Michal Kurlaender, and Michel Grosz. “Career Technical Education and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from California Community Colleges.” Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming, 2018.

  • Foote, Andrew, Michel Grosz, and Ann Huff Stevens.  “Locate your Nearest Exit: Mass Layoffs and Labor Mobility.”  Industrial and Labor Relations Review, forthcoming, 2018.

  • 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 7, no. 4, 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.  She also teaches a hybrid course on Poverty and Public Policy. 


  • 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