Stevens' research focuses on poverty and labor markets, including the effects of job loss and unemployment, and labor market and poverty dynamics. She was the founding director of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research and currently serves as Deputy Director of the Center, which supports and disseminates interdisciplinary research on US poverty. Stevens is a faculty research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a member of the National Poverty Center Network on Poverty, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency.
Examines the long-term wage and earnings losses of displaced workers, using longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.
Uses variation induced by firm closures to explore the intergenerational effects of worker displacement using a Canadian panel of administrative data that follows more than 39,000 father‐son pairs from 1978 to 1999.
Examines the short-run changes in health, health care access, and health care utilization after job loss that lead to these long-term effects.
Estimate returns to career technical education programs at community colleges using administrative data from the California Community College system linked to earnings records.