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Why Consumer Confidence Is Key to Fighting Inflation


Consumer confidence – what is it, and why is it so important? Joanne Hsu, Director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan, explains why measuring consumers’ feelings is crucial to understanding the economy, and how the data from these surveys can be used to shape the economy.

Our Centers

ISR consists of five separate but interdependent research centers, each with a particular focus and capabilities.

Faculty Profiles

ISR’s faculty experts conduct groundbreaking and wide-ranging social science research — representing more than 20 academic disciplines. Included below are two examples of the type of work being done by members of our team.

  • James D Morrow

    A F K Organski Collegiate Professor of World Politics, Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
    Morrow’s research addresses theories of international politics, both the logical development and empirical testing of such theories. He is … more
  • John P Laitner

    Research Scientist, Economics, Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Laitner is Director of the University of Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center. His research falls primarily in the … more