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Greg Tewksbury named Assistant Director of ISR

[ 29 Jul 2016 ]

Greg Tewksbury, the former vice chancellor for business and finance for the University of Michigan-Flint, has been named Assistant Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). “I am delighted to welcome Greg into this important position,” said David Lam,…

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July consumer confidence: Improved finances and low interest rates support spending

[ 29 Jul 2016 ]

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in July than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The recent decline was due…