Mel Stephens

Mel Stephens is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center, both at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he is a Research Associate in Labor Studies at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Stephens earned his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

He researches labor economics, household consumption, and aging and retirement issues. Additionally, he has analyzed the economic impact of school reform.

Representative Publications

Stephens, Melvin, and Dou-Yan Yang. “Compulsory Education and the Benefits of Schooling.” The American Economic Review 104.6 (2014): 1777-1792.

Stephens, Melvin, and Takashi Unayama. “The Impact of Retirement on Household Consumption in Japan.” Journal of the Japanese and International Economies 26.1 (2012): 62-83.

Stephens, Melvin. “”3rd of Tha Month”: Do Social Security Recipients Smooth Consumption between Checks?.” The American Economic Review 93.1 (2003): 406-422.

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