Partisan attitudes toward economy creates ‘substantial economic uncertainty’

February 23, 2024

ANN ARBOR—Consumer attitudes and expectations are harshly divided along partisan lines, and the divide is wide enough to generate substantial economic uncertainty, according to a special report released by the University of Michigan. Joanne Hsu, director of U-M’s Surveys of Consumers, and...

Why anti-Black racism may be damaging to America’s overall health

February 21, 2024

Contact: Jon Meerdink ([email protected]) ANN ARBOR — Race and health have a close relationship in the United States, one that might run deeper than we expect. And according to Louis Penner, Ph.D., of the Institute for Social Research’s Research Center for Group Dynamics, anti-Black racism, in...

Consumer sentiment climbs amid split views on business outlook

February 2, 2024

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment soared 13% in January to reach its highest level since July 2021—continuing the sharp increase seen in December—primarily on the basis of an improving outlook over inflation and personal incomes, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Over...

Next Generation Initiative helps SRC researcher Noura Insolera to come full circle

January 31, 2024

Contact: Jon Meerdink ([email protected]) ANN ARBOR — Noura Insolera, Ph.D., has achieved a lot at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). An assistant research scientist at the Survey Research Center (SRC), she investigates the effects of income inequality across many different fields,...

Insights Speaker Series presentation highlights research on income inequality

January 31, 2024

Contact: Jon Meerdink ([email protected]) ANN ARBOR — Income inequality is growing in the United States and around the world, but few people seem interested in doing anything about it. So argued Charlotte Cavaillé, Ph.D., in the latest edition of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) Insights...

Built environment shapes public health in unexpected and important ways

January 29, 2024

Contact: Jon Meerdink ([email protected]) ANN ARBOR — Just as we shape our environment through the things we build, the environment we build shapes us. Everything from ergonomics to green space, air quality, and more stems from the way the world around us has been designed and built. “Built...

More Americans support government assistance for care of older adults

January 29, 2024

ANN ARBOR—Prior to the pandemic, the majority of American adults thought that families should be responsible for the daily care of older adults—and that families should cover the cost of this care. But there is a small sea change in that way of thinking, says a University of Michigan...

China announces population decline for second year in a row

January 24, 2024

EXPERTS Q&A ANN ARBOR—China’s recent population data release reveals that the country’s population has dipped for the second year in a row. University of Michigan social demographer Yun Zhou and Mary Gallagher, an expert in Chinese politics, discuss what’s behind the decline...

Two ISR-affiliated faculty members receive project funding from the Graham Sustainability Institute

January 22, 2024

Contact: Jon Meerdink ([email protected]) ANN ARBOR — Three researchers at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research have been awarded catalyst grants funded by the Graham Sustainability Institute. Atiyya Shaw, Ph.D. of the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), Sunghee...

Sentiment soars as consumers expect easing of inflation

December 22, 2023

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment soared 14% in December, reversing four consecutive months of declines and reaching its highest reading since July, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. These trends are rooted in sharp improvements in how consumers view the trajectory of...

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