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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.

  • Sandra Tang

    Assistant Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research
    Sandra Tang joined ICPSR in 2020 as an Assistant Research Scientist. She works with colleagues across disciplines in academic, applied, … more
  • Shinobu Kitayama

    Robert B Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
    Throughout my career as a psychologist, I have investigated the role of culture in modifying, shaping, and even sometimes forming … more