Study shows that religious patriarchy promotes confidence about paternity

June 5, 2012

Dogon woman watering onion garden (Photo courtesy of Beverly I. Strassmann) ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Religious practices that strongly control female sexuality are more successful at promoting certainty about paternity, according to a study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the...

American teens are less likely than European teens to use cigarettes and alcohol, but more likely to use illicit drugs

June 1, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The U.S. had the second-lowest proportion of students who used tobacco and alcohol compared to their counterparts in 36 European countries, a new report indicates. (more…)

‘Monitoring the Future’ receives $35 million to continue for another five years

May 30, 2012

“Monitoring the Future,” one of the largest and longest-running studies of American youth, as well as of college students and young adults, will receive a $35 million award to continue for another five years. “Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values...

Gains in consumer confidence continue, depend on job growth

May 29, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved in each of the past nine monthly surveys, rising to its highest level this month since October 2007, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers....

Religion is a potent force for cooperation and conflict, research shows

May 17, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Across history and cultures, religion increases trust within groups but also may increase conflict with other groups, according to an article in a special issue of Science. (more…)

OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new iPhone study suggests

May 16, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, according to a new study to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. (more…)

Many U.S. families are underwater with debts: U-M study

May 8, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the country emerges from the Great Recession, a substantial number of U.S. families are underwater – and not just with their mortgages. (more…)

How much money parents give to college-age kids: U-M study

May 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—More than 60 percent of young adults between the ages of 19 and 22 received some financial help from mom and dad, according to a new University of Michigan study. (more…)

Retirement plans after the Great Recession: U-M study tracks the changes

May 2, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—New research shows that 40 percent of older Americans postponed retirement in the wake of the Great Recession. (more…)

Global warming: New research emphasizes the role of global economic growth

May 1, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—It’s a message no one wants to hear.  To slow down global warming, we’ll either have to put the brakes on economic growth or transform the way the world’s economies work. (more…)

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