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Consumer sentiment remains on high plateau in April

April 28th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment in April continued to travel on the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election, with only minor deviations from its five-month average of 97.4, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. There is widespread…

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Survey finds health disparities in two Pacific Islander populations

April 12th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—A survey of two groups of Pacific Islanders draws comparisons between the health of two populations of Pacific Islanders residing in California, revealing they lag behind the state in several key areas of health. Led by Sela Panapasa, a…

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U-Michigan historian wins Pulitzer for Attica book

April 11th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—A book by Heather Ann Thompson, professor and historian at the University of Michigan, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in history. Thompson is the author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its…

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Partisanship Rules Consumer Sentiment in March

March 31st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—The continued strength in consumer sentiment has been due to optimistic views on three critical components: higher incomes and wealth, more favorable job prospects, and low inflation expectations. All of these factors, however, have been influenced by partisanship, according…

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Partisanship dominates consumer optimism in February

February 24th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Although consumer confidence edged downward in February, the overall average in the past three months was the highest in more than a decade, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Normally, the implication would be that…

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New DataLumos archive aims to preserve government data

February 16th, 2017

The UM-ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is establishing an open-access archive, DataLumos, where the public can archive valuable government data resources, ensuring their long-term availability. ICPSR, a center within the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social…

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Teen vaping “one way bridge” to future smoking

February 7th, 2017

Teen vapers may become “desensitized” to cigarette smoking health risks Teen vaping acts as a “one way bridge” to future smoking among those who have never smoked before, and may not stop those who have smoked before from returning to…

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Youth key to researching terrorism

January 30th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Engaging with youth involved in or susceptible to violent extremism is key in helping the U.S. government understand—and combat—terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to a position paper published in the journal Science. The…

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Unpaid bills & charity care dropped by nearly half at Michigan hospitals soon after Medicaid expanded

January 30th, 2017

U-M findings from official Healthy Michigan Plan evaluation show financial impact on hospitals that serve all Michiganders ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For decades, hospitals across Michigan have written off the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of healthcare…

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Consumer optimism surges in January amid partisanship

January 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumers expressed a higher level of confidence in January than at any other time in the last dozen years. The post-election surge in confidence was driven by a more optimistic outlook for the economy and job growth during the…

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