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Consumer sentiment strong thanks to middle- and lower-income households; shopping for discounts dominates purchase plans

November 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The continued strength in consumer sentiment during the past two months has been due to gains among middle- and lower-income households, while confidence retreated among households with incomes in the upper third of the distribution, according to the University…

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Consumer outlook for 2016 is favorable: U-M Surveys of Consumers

November 23rd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer spending will advance by nearly 3 percent during 2016, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Curtin presented his annual forecast of consumer spending on November 19 at the annual U-M…

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Confidence rises in October on renewed personal financial optimism

October 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence rose in October with the entire rebound due to gains in confidence among lower income households. Confidence among households with incomes in the top third of the income distribution retreated a bit due to concerns about volatile…

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Low testosterone, men’s empathy can determine parenting skills

October 29th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—As they age, men often get concerned about their testosterone levels dropping. And rightfully so—it affects their sex drive and other health factors. But the hormone decline can also provide a window into men’s parenting. A new University of…

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Prescription pain relievers place teens at greater risk for future drug misuse

October 28th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—High school students who legitimately use an opioid prescription are one-third more likely to abuse the drug by age 23 than those with no history of the prescription, according to a new University of Michigan study. These teens abuse…

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Adult children with problems: How they affect parents’ well-being

October 15th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—You did everything you could to raise them right and keep them safe, but their lives aren’t turning out the way you’d planned. Maybe they’re drinking too much. Or they’re heading for divorce. Or they can’t seem to manage…


Survey shows sustainability knowledge not translating to action

October 12th, 2015

The results are in from the U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program 2014 survey, providing the third year of information about the awareness, attitudes, and behavior of students, staff and faculty. While U-M community members report an increase in sustainability knowledge,…

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Parental affection helps adoptive preschoolers develop empathy

September 30th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Young children whose parents regularly provide warmth and positive reinforcement show more empathy for others and care about following rules, according to a new University of Michigan study examining adoptive families. Without that parental affection, children may become aggressive…

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Consumer confidence: Volatile stock prices and persistent job and income growth

September 25th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The decline in optimism continued to narrow in late September as consumers increasingly concluded that the stock market declines had more to do with international conditions than the domestic economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of…

New survey tool on sexual harassment and assault now available

September 24th, 2015

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) has partnered with SoundRocket, an Ann Arbor-based social science research firm, to provide the nation’s college campuses with a scientifically designed survey on student sexual assault and harassment.…

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