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Consumer confidence records best six months in past decade

[ 26 Jun 2015 ]

ANN ARBOR—In the first half of 2015 consumers voiced the largest and most sustained increase in economic optimism since 2004, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since…

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David Lam will lead U-M Institute for Social Research

[ 19 Jun 2015 ]

David A. Lam, one of the world’s leading scholars in economic demography, is the new director of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Lam currently is the chair of the Department of Economics and a professor of economics…