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Teen smoking continues to decline

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— The 2012 national survey results from the Monitoring the Future study show a continuation of the declines in teen smoking in all three grades under study—grades 8, 10, and 12. Based on annual surveys of 45,000 to 50,000…

Rise in teen marijuana use stalls

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— National samples of 45,000 to 50,000 students in three grades (8, 10, and 12) have been surveyed every year since 1991 as part of the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Among the most important findings from this year’s…

Media coverage, attitudes about Latinos drive immigration debate

December 7th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—The debate about immigration policies is shaped primarily by how one group feels about another—not solely based on economic concerns, according to a new University of Michigan study. White Americans’ feelings about Latinos, but not other groups, powerfully drive…

Consumer confidence remains high in November, but will Congressional Grinch steal Christmas?

November 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged from last month at its highest level in five years, 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 Institute for Social…

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…

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