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Weather freezes consumer confidence in place in February

March 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Despite the harsh winter, consumer confidence has remained essentially unchanged since December, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946, the surveys monitor consumer attitudes and expectations.…

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Web surveys: ISR researchers contribute to emerging science

February 28th, 2014

Web surveys are everywhere, but their impact on the quality of survey data is unclear.  A recent conference at Harvard University, Measuring from a Distance: The Emerging Science of Internet-Based Survey Research, brought top researchers in the field together to…

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U-M researcher available to discuss new Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey

February 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan researcher Sela Panapasa is available to discuss the significance of the National Health Interview Survey of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) peoples that started this month. “This is the first time in half…

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U-M China Data Center hosts most visiting scholars ever

February 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The visiting scholars program at the University of Michigan China Data Center has accepted a record 16 participants in the current academic year. The center was founded in 1997 to advance the study and understanding of China, with a…


Poor conditions early in life may lead to health problems for many elderly in the developing world

February 12th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Well-intended efforts to improve infant and child health in the developing world in the mid-20th century could be linked with increased risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease for people born during this period when they reach older age, a…


How teen workers spend their money: U-M study shows trends

February 4th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—High school seniors spend most of their earnings on clothes, music, movies, eating out and other personal expenses.  Spending on cars and car expenses comes in second, especially for males. And way down the list come saving for college…

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Recent Gains Keep Confidence Warm in January

February 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR–Consumer confidence edged downward in January, although the overall falloff was minor, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) since 1946, the Surveys monitor consumer attitudes and…

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How patients make medical decisions

January 28th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Sooner or later, everyone faces decisions about whether or not to have surgery, take a new medication, or have a cancer-screening test. A new study published in Health Expectations explores the costs and benefits patients say are important in…


U-M Study: The War on Poverty lost the political battle

January 27th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan analysis challenges the conventional wisdom that Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War on Poverty failed because it didn’t work.  In the decade after Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty,” poverty rates plummeted to reach their historic…

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Most U.S. students are exposed to food or beverage marketing at school

January 13th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Most public elementary, middle and high school students are exposed to some kind of commercial marketing efforts at their schools, designed to increase sales of food and beverages or develop brand recognition and loyalty in order to increase future…

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