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Consumer confidence improves slightly in August

September 4th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved slightly in August due to consumers’ more favorable evaluations of their present financial situations, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys, conducted…

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Why retire later? U-M experts show how to encourage longer careers

August 28th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What if every U.S. worker got an automatic 10 percent pay raise at age 55?  According to a new University of Michigan study, most people would work quite a bit longer before they retired, to enjoy the extra…

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Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children

August 21st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, a new study shows.  And the younger children are, the more strongly they are affected, in a “chain of violence” that goes…

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Consumer confidence slips in July due to slower job growth, higher food prices

July 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence slipped in July, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. All of the overall decline was in how consumers viewed future prospects for…

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Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change

July 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

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Consumer confidence falls among upper income households in June

July 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence posted a sizable loss in June, with most of the overall decline in how consumers viewed future prospects for the national economy, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of…

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Fractions are the key to math success, new study shows

June 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What part of math success comes from knowing fractions? More than you might think, according to a new study that analyzed long-term data on more than 4,000 children from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Published…

Is American Science in Decline?

Global Science: U.S. is still in the game

June 14th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Globalization is a benefit to U.S. scientific achievement, not a threat. That’s the conclusion of a new book that weighs the evidence from a number of recent surveys to answer its title question: “Is American Science in Decline?”…

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Study shows that religious patriarchy promotes confidence about paternity

June 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Religious practices that strongly control female sexuality are more successful at promoting certainty about paternity, according to a study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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American teens are less likely than European teens to use cigarettes and alcohol, but more likely to use illicit drugs

June 1st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The U.S. had the second-lowest proportion of students who used tobacco and alcohol compared to their counterparts in 36 European countries, a new report indicates.

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