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Consumer confidence: Favorable job and wage growth boost spending

August 4th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—More rapid job creation, higher wages and gains in household wealth have eased the financial strains on households as well as supported more favorable buying plans for vehicles and household durables, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys…

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Ken Kollman named director of ISR Center for Political Studies

July 29th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Ken Kollman has been named director of the Center for Political Studies (CPS) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR).  Kollman, who is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor at the U-M Department of Political Science,…

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Search committee named for U-M ISR Director

July 21st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Provost Martha E. Pollack has named a search committee for the next Director of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. James House, the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy & Sociology, emeritus, will…

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There’s an app for that: Researchers harness a powerful new source of up-to-date information on economic activity

July 10th, 2014

ANN ARBOR— Researchers at the University of Michigan, University of California Berkeley, and Arizona State University have developed a new data infrastructure for measuring economic activity. The infrastructure uses aggregated and de-identified data on transactions and account balances from Check,…

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U-M Survey: As use of wind power grows in Michigan, so does its support

July 9th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—As Michigan nears its own deadline to generate 10 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2015 – and considers going further – a new report from the University of Michigan finds strong support among local government…

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Consumers worry about energy’s impact on environment regardless of income

July 1st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Rich, poor or in-between, American consumers express an equal degree of “personal worry” about the impact of energy use on the environment, according to the newest findings of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. A joint effort of the…

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Wealth inequality doubles among U.S. households

June 24th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Wealth inequality among U.S. households roughly doubled between 2003 and 2013, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers. “American families experienced significant losses in wealth during the Great Recession, and these losses were distributed very unequally,”…

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U-M’s James Jackson to serve on NSF National Science Board

June 23rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—President Obama announced his intention to appoint University of Michigan social psychologist James Jackson to the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. Jackson, director of the U-M Institute for Social Research, was one of six new members…

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Program for Black Americans holds its first official reunion

June 23rd, 2014

Family reunions play an important role in the Black community, so it was fitting that the University of Michigan Program for Research on Black Americans called its June 20 event a family reunion rather than an academic conference.  In fact,…

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U.S. should pursue three-pronged strategy in Iraq

June 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—U.S. efforts to combat terrorism in Iraq and help Iraqis maintain the territorial integrity of their embattled country need to follow three approaches, according to a University of Michigan expert on politics and values in the Middle East. “U.S.…

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