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January consumer confidence: Low inflation critical for maintaining confidence

January 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged, as the January reading was just 0.6 percent below last month’s level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The small downward revisions were due to stock market declines that were…

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Aggressive behavior more common in children with half- and step-sibs

January 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—About one in six U.S. children – more than previously thought – live with half- or step-siblings just before starting kindergarten, according to a new study. And these children behave aggressively more often, on average, than do other children.…

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Negative news about Muslims fuels public policy support against them

January 5th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—News stories depicting Muslims as terrorists have fueled racism and anger among many non-Muslim Americans, who support civil restrictions and military action in Muslim countries, according to a new University of Michigan study. Other research has shown that minorities…

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Consumer Confidence rises in December: Discounts for all mean happy holidays

December 23rd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence rose to its highest level since July, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The December reading was nearly equal to the 2015 average of 92.9—which was the highest since 2004, The December gain…

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Even with falling prices at the pump, consumers find home energy more affordable than gasoline

December 16th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumers say their home energy bills would have to more than double before they become unaffordable, according to the University of Michigan Energy Survey. The survey measures the affordability of consumer energy costs based on two key indicators: home…

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New trends in teen smoking, e-cigarettes in 2015

December 16th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—This year’s Monitoring the Future study, conducted by University of Michigan Institute for Social Research researchers, revealed three significant findings related to teen smoking and inhaling. They are: Teen cigarette use drops to historic lows in 2015 Cigarillo use…

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Use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes declined among US teens in 2015

December 16th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place. The use of both alcohol and cigarettes reached…

Study highlights economic value for PhDs in the private sector

Study highlights economic value for PhDs in the private sector

December 11th, 2015

Students who graduate with doctorate degrees disproportionately find employment in large, high-wage entities of the private sector, a new study indicates. In many cases, these jobs are clustered near universities where the doctoral recipients conducted their research and received training…

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Life expectancy not declining as rapidly as once thought but health inequality has worsened

December 8th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—While previous findings of dramatic decreases in life expectancy for some socioeconomically disadvantaged groups in the United States have been overstated, health inequalities persist and, in fact, have worsened, according to new research from the University of Michigan. “Although…

ISR Health and Retirement Study enhanced with significant new federal support

December 7th, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study has received significant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to carry out three important new enhancements to this important resource for aging research. The study, which began…

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