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Consumers need renewal of federal aid

Consumer sentiment sank further in late July due to the continued resurgence of the coronavirus, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

“The federal relief programs have prevented more substantial declines in the finances of consumers, partly shielding them from the unprecedented surge in job losses, reduced work hours, and salary cuts,” said Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers. “The initial $1,200 payment was mostly saved by the employed as a hedge against uncertainty.

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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.

  • Jenna L. Bednar

    Research Professor, CPS Professor, LSA Political Science
    Dr. Bednar's research combines positive political theory and systems theory to study how formal institutions remain effective in complex … more
  • Erin A. Cech

    Faculty Associate, PSC Assistant Professor, Sociology
    Erin Cech's research examines how inequality is reproduced through processes that are built into seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and … more