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Growing inequalities make science more of a ‘winner takes all’ field

May 22nd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—As new research documents growing inequalities in health and wealth, the gap between “haves” and “have-nots” is growing in the field of scientific research itself, says University of Michigan sociologist Yu Xie. “It’s surprising that more attention has not…

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State of the nation’s egotism: On the rise for a century

May 6th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Forget the “me” generation. A new analysis of long-term trends in egotism shows there’s been a “me” century in America. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, shows that characteristics related to self-interest, compared to interest…

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‘Til sickness do us part: How illness affects the risk of divorce

May 1st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—In the classic marriage vow, couples promise to stay together in sickness and in health.  But a new study finds that the risk of divorce among older married couples rises when the wife – but not the husband —…

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U-M and community partners support Middle Eastern and North African entrepreneurs

May 1st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Sixteen young entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are arriving in Ann Arbor this month for month-long fellowships at the University of Michigan to learn more about how to build businesses with the potential for growth…

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Income inequality now greater in China than in US

April 28th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Income inequality has been rising rapidly in China and now surpasses that of the U.S. by a large margin, say University of Michigan researchers. That is the key finding of their study based on newly available survey data collected…

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Consumer confidence improves in April

April 28th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence has rebounded to nearly its highest level since 2007, 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. The…

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Trivellore Raghunathan named director of ISR Survey Research Center

April 15th, 2014

Trivellore Raghunathan has been appointed director of the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. “I am very pleased to make this appointment, which has the strong and unanimous support of both SRC and ISR leadership,” said…

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Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children

April 7th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Genes amplify the stress of harsh environments for some children, and magnify the advantage of supportive environments for other children, according to a study that’s one of the first to document how genes interacting with social environments affect biomarkers…

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Consumer confidence in March survives harsh winter

March 31st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged in the past three months despite the hard winter as well as a severe drought. Consumer finances were just as strong in March as in December 2013, and more importantly, consumers viewed their…

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Mentally challenging jobs may keep your mind sharp long after retirement

March 24th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A mentally demanding job may stress you out today but can provide important benefits after you retire, according to a new study. “Based on data spanning 18 years, our study suggests that certain kinds of challenging jobs have the…

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