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Stephen Woodbury

Professor, Economics


unemployment and unemployment insurance; employee benefits and compensation; pensions; health insurance

Current Research

Unemployment insurance and reemployment programs, wage inequality

Selected Publications

  • "Unemployment Insurance.” In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy, edited by Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. Pp. 471–490.

  • "Financing Unemployment Insurance,” with Wayne Vroman. National Tax Journal 67 (March 2014): 253–268.

  • "Health Insurance Tax Credits, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Health Insurance Coverage of Single Mothers,” with Merve Cebi. Health Economics 23 (May 2014): 501–515.

  • "Retiree Health Benefits as Deferred Compensation: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study,” with James Marton. Public Finance Review 41 (2013): 64–91.

Government Focus

National, State

Public Service

Senior Economist, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Member, Southeast Michigan Economic Outlook Expert Panel, Oakland University School of Business Administration
Co-Principal Investigator, “Financing Unemployment Insurance—Alternative Methodologies for Experience Rating of State Unemployment Insurance Taxes,” with Wayne Vroman (Urban Institute) and Chris O’Leary (W.E. Upjohn Institute), U.S. Department of Labor
Technical Working Group member, Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Mathematica Policy Research and U.S. Department of Labor
Director, National Academy of Social Insurance project on “Strengthening Unemployment Insurance for the Twenty-First Century,” funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Deputy Director, Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation (U.S. Department of Labor), Washington, DC