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Consumer sentiment strengthens in September

September 29th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence posted a healthy gain in September due to more favorable prospects for the domestic economy as well as more favorable personal income expectations, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The September reading, the…


American National Election Studies receives $10 million in federal funding

September 18th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The National Science Foundation has awarded $10.23 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election. The project is part…

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Happy Wife, Happy Life: New study finds some truth for older couples

September 9th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A husband who’s unhappy with his marriage is still likely to be happy with his life—if his wife gives their marriage high marks, a new study shows. “Older husbands and wives in better marriages are more satisfied with their…

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Stock market participation has dropped most among small investors

September 8th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The share of U.S. families who own stocks has dropped from about 30 percent in 2001 to under 18 percent in 2011, according to a new University of Michigan analysis that adds detail to a recently released Federal Reserve…

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Almost half of older adults have care needs

September 8th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Nearly half of older adults—18 million people—have difficulty or get help with daily activities, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute analyzed data from a national sample of older adults drawn…

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College students’ use of marijuana on the rise, some drugs declining

September 8th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—More college students nationwide have added illicit drugs, such as marijuana and amphetamine, to their back-to-school supply lists. Illicit drug use has been rising gradually among American college students since 2006, when 34 percent indicated that they used some…

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Stability in consumer sentiment in August aids economy

August 29th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumers reported in August that their finances had improved due to more jobs, higher wages and gains in wealth, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946,…

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When it comes to energy’s environmental impact, Southerners think differently

August 11th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Southerners are less likely than Americans in other parts of the country to believe that energy affects the environment by at least a fair amount, according to the latest findings of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. A joint…

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Consumer confidence: Favorable job and wage growth boost spending

August 4th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—More rapid job creation, higher wages and gains in household wealth have eased the financial strains on households as well as supported more favorable buying plans for vehicles and household durables, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys…

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Ken Kollman named director of ISR Center for Political Studies

July 29th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Ken Kollman has been named director of the Center for Political Studies (CPS) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR).  Kollman, who is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor at the U-M Department of Political Science,…

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