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Social scientist and historian of survey research Jean Converse dies at 90

February 16th, 2018

Jean McDonnell Converse, a social scientist, historian of survey research, and expert in interview techniques, died on January 25, 2018, in Park Ridge, Ill. Converse’s work served two very important roles in the field of survey research, according to research…

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Howard Schuman named the 2017 recipient of the Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research

February 7th, 2018

Howard Schuman, former SRC director and Research Scientist Emeritus, has been selected by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research as this year’s recipient of the Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. The Warren J. Mitofsky Award for…

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Tax reform, stock prices keep confidence high

February 2nd, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has remained largely unchanged for more than a year at very favorable levels, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The January Sentiment figure was just 0.2 Index-points below December’s, and just 1.1 points below…

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Population Studies Center announces new program

February 1st, 2018

ANN ARBOR—A new program within the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research will be an incubator for young researchers from across University of Michigan. The new program, the Population Dynamics and Health Program, will focus on the…

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The economic legacy of the Great Migration

January 18th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—When black Americans migrated out of the South in the 1930s and ’40s, their children benefited by leaps and bounds, according to a University of Michigan study using U.S. Census data. Compared to a group that did not leave…

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U-M Economist, Research Scientist and ISR Founding Member James N. Morgan Dies at 99

January 10th, 2018

James N. Morgan, an economist who created the longest-running intergenerational household survey in the world, died on January 8, 2018 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 99 and lived in Ann Arbor. Continue reading

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Consumers judge 2017 the best year since 2000

December 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence continued to slowly sink in December, with most of the decline among lower income households, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The extent of the decline was minor, with the December figure just below…

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A ‘STEM’ parent boosts girls’ participation in science degrees

December 21st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Even when girls perform just as well as boys on standardized math tests, they are half as likely to major in science at college. However, having one parent or guardian work in the STEM (science, technology, engineering or math)…

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National Adolescent Drug Trends in 2017

December 14th, 2017

Tables summarizing estimates for the drugs discussed below, as well as additional drugs, are here: https://goo.gl/w78A5e. The findings summarized here will be published by the end of April in a forthcoming volume. Marijuana Use Edges Upward ANN ARBOR—Marijuana use among…

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Consumers more certain about positive prospects

November 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment was slightly below last month’s decade high, but has remained in the narrow positive range it has traveled since the start of the year, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. What has recently changed…

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