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Consumers worry about energy’s impact on environment regardless of income

July 1st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Rich, poor or in-between, American consumers express an equal degree of “personal worry” about the impact of energy use on the environment, according to the newest findings of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. A joint effort of the…

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Wealth inequality doubles among U.S. households

June 24th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Wealth inequality among U.S. households roughly doubled between 2003 and 2013, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers. “American families experienced significant losses in wealth during the Great Recession, and these losses were distributed very unequally,”…

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U-M’s James Jackson to serve on NSF National Science Board

June 23rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—President Obama announced his intention to appoint University of Michigan social psychologist James Jackson to the National Science Board of the National Science Foundation. Jackson, director of the U-M Institute for Social Research, was one of six new members…

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Program for Black Americans holds its first official reunion

June 23rd, 2014

Family reunions play an important role in the Black community, so it was fitting that the University of Michigan Program for Research on Black Americans called its June 20 event a family reunion rather than an academic conference.  In fact,…

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U.S. should pursue three-pronged strategy in Iraq

June 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—U.S. efforts to combat terrorism in Iraq and help Iraqis maintain the territorial integrity of their embattled country need to follow three approaches, according to a University of Michigan expert on politics and values in the Middle East. “U.S.…

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How to give ourselves advice as good as we give others

June 9th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Most of us find it easier to be wise about other people’s problems than our own. But a new study identifies a simple way to close this gap. The research, conducted by social psychologists Igor Grossmann at the University…

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Main concern of consumers: Dismal wage prospects

May 30th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence declined in May, 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 decrease in May was not due…

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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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