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The 2013 Consumer Spending Outlook

November 16th, 2012

ISR economist Richard Curtin, Director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his 2013 forecast for consumer confidence on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the annual U-M Economic Outlook Conference.

Aspiration, assets can lead youth down path to college

November 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Aspiring to attend college is not enough for children who want to reach their goals. The chances of finishing high school and college are significantly higher for children for whom this aspiration is accessible and relevant in their daily…

Latest disability trends: Oldest old improving but Boomers doing worse

October 30th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The oldest old are doing better and those approaching late life are doing worse.  But Americans between the ages of 65 and 84 are experiencing about the same level of disabilities as they did at the start of…

Consumer confidence posts a record gain in October

October 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were more optimistic in the most recent survey about prospects for their own personal finances, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by the…

Sharing space: Proximity breeds collaboration

October 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically. The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well. “Our analyses…

The Generation X Report: How many Gen Xers know their cosmic address

October 23rd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Less than half of Generation X adults can identify our home in the universe, a spiral galaxy, according to a University of Michigan report. “Knowing your cosmic address is not a necessary job skill, but it is an…

Project enhances open access to research data

October 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR — The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research are joining forces to encourage open access to research data and closer links…

$2.7 million U-M, WSU grant aims to improve African American health

October 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) and the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology have won a $2.7 million grant renewal from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health…

Consumer confidence posts a significant gain in September

September 28th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved substantially in September due to more favorable prospects for the national economy, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys, conducted by the U-M…

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High obesity and smoking rates among Pacific Islanders: U-M study

September 25th, 2012

  ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In the first study to detail the health of Pacific Islanders living in the U.S., University of Michigan researchers have found alarmingly high rates of obesity and smoking.  The preliminary findings are being presented today (August 24)…

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