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Consumers judge 2017 the best year since 2000

December 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence continued to slowly sink in December, with most of the decline among lower income households, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The extent of the decline was minor, with the December figure just below…

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A ‘STEM’ parent boosts girls’ participation in science degrees

December 21st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Even when girls perform just as well as boys on standardized math tests, they are half as likely to major in science at college. However, having one parent or guardian work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or math)…

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National Adolescent Drug Trends in 2017

December 14th, 2017

Tables summarizing estimates for the drugs discussed below, as well as additional drugs, are here: The findings summarized here will be published by the end of April in a forthcoming volume. Marijuana Use Edges Upward ANN ARBOR—Marijuana use among…

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Consumers more certain about positive prospects

November 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment was slightly below last month’s decade high, but has remained in the narrow positive range it has traveled since the start of the year, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. What has recently changed…

Sexual assault among college students is bad; for those who don’t attend college, it’s worse

November 21st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—One in four women in the United States will experience forced intercourse by the time they’re 44, and the risk is greater for women who have attended little or no college compared to those who attend four or more…

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Access to birth control through ACA drives down abortion rate

November 15th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—When young women were able to better access birth control as part of their parents’ insurance plans, a provision of the Affordable Care Act, the abortion rate in this age group fell by about 10 percent. That’s according to…

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‘Class Divide’ screening, discussion and book signing, a U-M MLK Symposium Event

November 6th, 2017

Class Divide Film Screening, Discussion, and Book Signing January 17, 2018, 12:00-2:00 PM The Institute for Social Research and U-M LSA Screen Arts & Cultures invites the community for a viewing and discussion of Class Divide and a conversation with…


ISR Presents: Examining the Effects of Gentrification, a U-M MLK Symposium Event

November 6th, 2017

Examining the Effects of Gentrification: A Panel Discussion January 10, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM Institute for Social Research 426 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, Room 1430 The Institute for Social Research invites the community to a discussion on how gentrification…

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Seemed all right to me: Differences in feelings of tension contribute to divorce

November 1st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Women are twice as likely as men to file for divorce, and a new University of Michigan study sheds a little light on why. The study, which followed 355 couples over the course of 16 years, found that while…

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Surge in consumer confidence

October 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment surged in October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. This was only the second time that the Sentiment Index was above 100.0 since the end…

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