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Job, income gains offset rising inflation, interest rates

June 29th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has been virtually unchanged for the past three months and has shown only small and insignificant variations during the past 18 months, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The persistent strength has been due…

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Cost, Coverage and More Drive Hearing Aid Inequality

June 25th, 2018

Hearing loss seems like one of the great equalizers of old age, striking people of all kinds as their ears gradually lose the ability to pick out sounds or hear certain pitches. But a new national study reveals major gaps…

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Report details progress on new researcher credentialing system, including “Researcher Passport,” to debut in the fall

June 4th, 2018

On the heels of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data of 87 million Facebook users was improperly obtained and used by a UK research firm to influence the outcome the 2016 US presidential election, many were left…

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Consumers lament: Where have all the discounts gone?

May 25th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment slipped by less than an index-point from last month, remaining at the same favorable levels for the past 18 months, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Since President Trump’s election, the Sentiment Index has…

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Redistribution of wealth could boost consumption rate

May 23rd, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Want to boost the consumption rate in the United States? Transfer wealth from the top 20 percent of earners to the bottom 80 percent, according to a University of Michigan study. The study is the first to consider the…

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Redistribution of wealth could boost consumption rate

May 23rd, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Want to boost the consumption rate in the United States? Transfer wealth from the top 20 percent of earners to the bottom 80 percent, according to a University of Michigan study. The study is the first to consider the…

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Second Annual IRIS Data Release Now Available

May 21st, 2018

ANN ARBOR—The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) is pleased to announce the second annual IRIS research data release is now available. The IRIS dataset is a result of an unprecedented collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau and more…

Medicaid expansion leaves more money in recipients’ pockets

May 14th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket medical expenses, allowing the poorest Americans to allocate their money for other life necessities, according to a new University of Michigan study. Joelle Abramowitz, an economist with the U-M Institute…

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U-M Alumnus Bryan Stuart Receives the PAA Dorothy S. Thomas Award

April 27th, 2018

ANN ARBOR— Bryan Stuart, a recent Ph.D. in Economics and former Population Studies Center (PSC) trainee at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, received the PAA Dorothy S. Thomas Award on Friday, April 27, 2018 during…

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Impact of tax reforms on confidence neutralized by tariffs

April 27th, 2018

Although the Consumer Sentiment Index fell slightly in April, it has remained at very favorable levels since the start of 2018. ANN ARBOR—Consumers remain confident that inflation and unemployment will remain low during the year ahead and wages will continue…

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