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ISR News Releases

The 2013 Consumer Spending Outlook

November 16th, 2012

ISR economist Richard Curtin, Director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his 2013 forecast for consumer confidence on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the annual U-M Economic Outlook Conference.

Aspiration, assets can lead youth down path to college

November 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Aspiring to attend college is not enough for children who want to reach their goals. The chances of finishing high school and college are significantly higher for children for whom this aspiration is accessible and relevant in their daily…

Making sense of the 2012 presidential election

November 7th, 2012

In making sense of the 2012 elections, U-M political scientists came to the same conclusion about what led to President Obama’s victory: race and gender affected which candidate voters chose. Less than 24 hours after most ballots were counted –…

U-M ISR renews global partnership with Qatar University

November 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) renewed its partnership agreement with Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) on Nov. 3 in Doha, Qatar. The agreement expands on a 2008 partnership to develop…

Latest disability trends: Oldest old improving but Boomers doing worse

October 30th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The oldest old are doing better and those approaching late life are doing worse.  But Americans between the ages of 65 and 84 are experiencing about the same level of disabilities as they did at the start of…

Consumer confidence posts a record gain in October

October 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were more optimistic in the most recent survey about prospects for their own personal finances, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by the…

U-M, community organizations promote global entrepreneurship

October 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Fourteen Middle Eastern and North African entrepreneurs are at the University of Michigan to learn firsthand how to succeed in their fields, as part of a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that partners U-M experts with southeastern Michigan community…

Sharing space: Proximity breeds collaboration

October 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically. The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well. “Our analyses…

New ICPSR project will improve metadata for two major national studies

October 23rd, 2012

Researchers will have access to improved metadata and new tools to search through and analyze the General Social Survey and the American National Election Studies under a new joint initiative launched by ICPSR, the independent research organization NORC at the…

The Generation X Report: How many Gen Xers know their cosmic address

October 23rd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Less than half of Generation X adults can identify our home in the universe, a spiral galaxy, according to a University of Michigan report. “Knowing your cosmic address is not a necessary job skill, but it is an…

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