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ISR News Releases

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Marijuana use continues to rise among U.S. teens, while alcohol use hits historic lows

January 10th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Among the more important findings from this year’s Monitoring the Future survey of U.S. secondary school students are the following:

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The 2012 Consumer Spending Outlook

January 10th, 2012

ISR economist Richard Curtin, Director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, presented his annual forecast of consumer spending at the annual U-M Economic Outlook Conference.

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Growing income and gender gaps in college graduation

December 6th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new study shows that the gap in rates of college completion between students from high-and low-income families has grown significantly in the last 50 years.

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Surge in Chinese health care coverage coincides with new government efforts

December 6th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new study of health insurance in nine Chinese provinces shows that individual coverage surged within a two-year time frame, from 2004-2006, coinciding with new government interventions designed to improve access to health care.

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Xplaining Generation X: U-M survey paints a surprisingly positive portrait

October 25th, 2011

Maybe they’re the next greatest generation–Generation X. Sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y, a new study has some surprising insights about people born between 1961 and 1981. What’s more, the results lead to an even more intriguing question:…

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Early origins of chronic mid-life diseases: Low birth weight and poverty have long-term effects

October 24th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The seeds of vulnerability to asthma, heart disease and other chronic adult health problems are planted early in life, according to a new study published online in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Advance directives related to use of palliative care, lower Medicare end-of-life spending in many U.S. regions

October 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the end of life,  especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Growing up in bad neighborhoods has a “devastating” impact: U-M study

October 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, according to a study published in the current (October) issue of the American Sociological Review.  And the longer a child…


David Harding: Interrogating the truth of the American Dream

September 29th, 2011

Part of the fun—and challenge—of field research is coping with the odd curve ball. For sociologist David Harding, one episode in particular stands out. It was the summer of 2003, and Harding, then pursuing his doctorate in sociology and social…

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The surprising truth about women smokers in China

September 20th, 2011

In the United States, more than one out of six women still smoke. And as in most Western countries, cigarette usage is concentrated among the young—those women aged 25 to 44. But according to a recent report by Albert Hermalin…

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