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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.

  • Pamela Davis-Kean

    Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Faculty Associate , Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research and Executive Director, University of Michigan Office of Research
    Dr. Davis-Kean's research continues to evolve as she seeks the various pathways that socio-economic status (SES) of … more
  • Robin Tepper Jacob

    Research Professor, School of Education and Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Robin Tepper Jacob is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Center and the … more