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ISR News Releases


Trouble ahead: Fewer have retirement funds, more raid them

February 5th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The proportion of working Americans with pensions of any kind has steadily decreased since 2001, according to a University of Michigan analysis that suggests trouble ahead for U.S. seniors. “We expected to see a decline in the percent of employed…

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Payroll tax hike narrows January gains in consumer confidence

February 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence began to improve in January following the uncertainty generated by the fiscal crisis, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The surveys, conducted by the U-M…


Age and Empathy: Middle-aged are most likely to feel your pain

February 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Looking for someone to feel your pain?  Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age…


Social networking: Gen Xers connect online as often as they socialize in person

January 31st, 2013

ANN ARBOR– Young adults in Generation X are as likely to connect with friends, family and co-workers online as they are in person, according to a University of Michigan study. In a typical month, adults in their late 30s report…

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Jerome Johnston directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

January 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Jerome Johnston has been appointed director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, part of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “I am delighted to make this appointment. Jere has interesting new ideas for supporting junior faculty,…

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High school jobs: Impact is different for whites and minorities

January 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — African American and Hispanic students are less likely than whites to work part-time in high school, according to a University of Michigan study. But those who do hold jobs tend to work longer hours, and are less…


Video games intensify anti-Arab stereotypes, new study shows

January 15th, 2013

ANN ARBOR – Playing violent video games about terrorism strengthens negative stereotypes about Arabs, even when Arabs are not portrayed in the games. That is one of the findings of an innovative new study in the January issue of Psychology…


Consumer confidence plunges in December

December 21st, 2012

ANN ARBOR—Confidence plunged in December as consumers confronted the rising likelihood that political gridlock would push the country over the fiscal cliff. Consumers were more pessimistic about their future finances, and more pessimistic about the outlook for the overall economy…

Teen smoking continues to decline

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— The 2012 national survey results from the Monitoring the Future study show a continuation of the declines in teen smoking in all three grades under study—grades 8, 10, and 12. Based on annual surveys of 45,000 to 50,000…

Rise in teen marijuana use stalls

December 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR— National samples of 45,000 to 50,000 students in three grades (8, 10, and 12) have been surveyed every year since 1991 as part of the nationwide Monitoring the Future study. Among the most important findings from this year’s…

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