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ISR News Releases

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Collateral damage: Mortgage crisis dampened zeal for stocks

August 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—While many American families lost their homes during the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, the housing market crash also induced some of the decline in the stock market as investors sold equities and never went back, say University of Michigan…

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Jeffrey Morenoff named director of ISR Population Studies Center

August 20th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Jeffrey Morenoff has been appointed director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). “Jeff is an exceptionally accomplished researcher who brings tremendous energy and passion to his leadership of the Center,”…

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Facebook use predicts declines in happiness, new study finds

August 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being instead of enhancing it, a University of Michigan study shows.  The study is the first published research examining the influence of Facebook on how happy people are and how satisfied…

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Measures of Effective Teaching: A new look at how to evaluate teachers

August 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR – One of the most extensive collections of videos showing teachers at work in the classroom will be available this fall at the University of Michigan to help researchers learn more about how to evaluate good teaching and…

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Smart enough to know better: Intelligence is not a remedy for racism

August 12th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers, according to a University of Michigan study.  They’re just better at concealing their prejudice. “High-ability whites are less likely to report prejudiced attitudes and more likely to say…

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Consumer confidence reaches six-year peak in July

August 6th, 2013

ANN ARBOR— Consumer confidence reached its highest level in six years in the July 2013 survey, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M Institute for…

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More women getting Pap tests, breast exams under expanded Medicaid family-planning programs

July 18th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—More low-income women are having potentially life-saving health screenings in states with expanded Medicaid eligibility for family planning services, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The study will be published in the August issue of the…

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Buying behavior can be swayed by cultural mindset

July 15th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—There are some combinations that just go well together: Milk and cookies, eggs and bacon, pancakes and syrup. But new research reveals that people with individualistic mindsets differ from their collectivist counterparts in ascribing value to those perfect combinations.…

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Consumer confidence remains high in June

July 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Rising household wealth rather than resurgent jobs and wages was mainly responsible for the recent gains in consumer confidence, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by…

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You’re so vain: Study explores links between social media and narcissism

June 11th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Facebook is a mirror and Twitter is a megaphone, according to a new University of Michigan study exploring how social media reflect and amplify the culture’s growing levels of narcissism. The study, published online in Computers in Human Behavior,…

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