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Expert on work, economic uncertainty named SIEPR senior fellow

Steven Davis comes to SIEPR with a track record of working closely with economic policymakers.

Steven Davis, an internationally recognized authority on economic uncertainty and the changing workplace, has joined SIEPR as a senior fellow.

Davis comes to Stanford after more than three decades at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he established a track record of working closely with economic policymakers and establishing a robust research agenda focused on working arrangements and the economic effects of policy uncertainty.

"I am absolutely delighted to join SIEPR and excited by the opportunities to expand my collaborations with SIEPR scholars," Davis said.

In addition to his role at SIEPR, Davis is also the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His affiliation with Hoover goes back to the 1988-89 academic year when he was a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow. He was then  appointed a visiting fellow in 2015 and an adjunct senior fellow in 2017. His new roles at SIEPR and Hoover became effective Nov. 1.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Steve to our ranks,” said Mark Duggan, the Trione Director of SIEPR. “I know that Steve’s research and spirit of collaboration will generate some very exciting economic policy-oriented research from SIEPR.”

Davis has recently been focused on the work-from-home phenomenon sparked by the pandemic. With his research showing that remote and hybrid work arrangements are much here to stay, Davis is gauging what that means for productivity and the future of work.

Davis has often collaborated with Nicholas Bloom, another SIEPR senior fellow. The scholars co-created the Economic Policy Uncertainty indices and the U.S. and global editions of the Survey of Working Arrangements and Attitudes. Both of those data resources are closely watched amid heightened global economic risks and evolving work-from-home policies.

Davis is also known for his early-career work using longitudinal data on firms and establishments to explore business dynamics and economic performance.

In addition to his research and teaching, Davis served as a member of the panel of economic advisers to the Congressional Budget Office since 2010 and has been a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta since 2014.



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