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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.

  • John Bound

    George E Johnson Collegiate Professor of Economics, Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Research Professor, Population Studies Center and Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Bound studies economic, demographic, and policy influences on the labor force participation and health status of older people in … more
  • Ola S Rostant

    Research Investigator
    Dr. Ola Rostant is a research investigator in the Health and Retirement Study. She has a PhD in Measurement and … more