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Consumer confidence rebounds in May: Renewed strength in personal finances

May 27th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment rebounded in May to its highest level in the last nine months. There have been only four times out of the last 110 monthly surveys that the Sentiment Index was higher, according to the University of Michigan…

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U-M helps India start first consumer sentiment index

May 19th, 2016

ANN ARBOR – For the first time, India has started measuring consumer sentiment defined as the degree of confidence the consumers express in the economy through their spending. The monthly consumer sentiment indicator has been launched in India by the…

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U-M panel examines ‘The Trump Phenomenon’

May 18th, 2016

DATE: 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016 EVENT: Political scientists at the University of Michigan and Duke University will hold a roundtable discussion examining “The Trump Phenomenon”—Donald Trump’s political rise to power from a former Democratic Party supporter to presumptive…

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U-M professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 6th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Four University of Michigan professors are among the most recent inductees to the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States. “We are thrilled…

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April consumer confidence declines: Growing worries about future prospects

April 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although consumers’ views of their current finances remained positive, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The top concerns of…

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ISR formalizes long-standing relationship with Statistics Netherlands

April 12th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The ISR Survey Research Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday with Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Dutch agency that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands. The five-year agreement is designed to formalize the nearly 15-year collaboration between the SRC…

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Nature and nurture of the terrible twos: New insights into later behavior problems

April 8th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Some parents worry about whether their child’s early behavior is just the “terrible twos” or actions that will escalate to aggression, stealing and fighting over time. Researchers from the University of Michigan, Penn State University, the University of Oregon…

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March consumer confidence: Income Growth Key to Expanding Consumer Sales

April 1st, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Despite small monthly variations, the overall level of consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged over the past three quarters, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. This stability has resulted from increased optimism about personal finances…

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Older women lose much of their advantage in living active lives

March 17th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—In a reversal of a long-standing pattern, a new study shows that older women in the U.S. have lost ground relative to older men in the number of years they can expect to live free from disabilities past age…

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Marvin Parnes, Managing Director of ISR, retires

March 7th, 2016

After 41 years of distinguished service at the University of Michigan, Marvin Parnes has retired. Parnes was Managing Director of the U-M Institute for Social Research, a position he held from 2013 through the end of February. “With all of…

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