Projects

The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research conducts research in a wide variety of areas. View some of our recent project highlights or explore them by topic area.

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  • Aging & Retirement
    Economic Behavior
    Population Health

    University of Michigan Retirement Research Center 2013-2018

    The goals of the MRRC are to conduct high-quality research on issues of interest to policy makers, to attract top-notch scholars to the study of Social Security and … more
  • Economic Behavior
    Population Health

    Economic Status, Health, & Wellbeing over the Life Course and Across Generations

    Spanning over four decades, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) is the world's longest running household panel survey. The archive presents unique research opportunities for breakthroughs in understanding … more
  • Economic Behavior
    Population Health

    Labor Outmigration, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security

    With an estimated 214 million people - mostly from poor agricultural regions to more industrialized countries - international migration is a key concern in scholarly and policy arenas. This unprecedented phenomenon has … more
  • Economic Behavior

    Surveys of Consumers

    The Surveys of Consumers Attitudes (SCA) measures consumer expectations to capture the impact of the expectations of consumers on their spending and saving behavior. The U.S. Department of Commerce … more
  • Poverty & Inequality
    Economic Behavior

    Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS): A Collaborative Information and Innovation Platform for the Region

    As Metro Detroit emerges from bankruptcy and the Great Recession, decision-makers throughout the region face the daunting challenge of reinvigorating local economic development and community improvement in an equitable … more
  • Economic Behavior
    Family & Relationships
    Youth

    Female Labor Force Participation and Child Outcomes

    Women comprise an increasingly larger share of the non-family labor market across the globe. This transition alters family dynamics: both theory and empirical evidence point toward important influences on … more
  • Poverty & Inequality
    Economic Behavior
    Family & Relationships
    Youth
    Aging & Retirement

    Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)

    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics - PSID - is the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world. The study began in 1968 with a nationally representative sample of over 18,… more
  • Population Health
    Social Psychology
    Economic Behavior

    M-CARES The Michigan Contraceptive Access, Research, and Evaluation Study

    The Michigan Contraceptive Access, Research, and Evaluation Study (M-CARES) will use large-scale administrative data, complemented by follow-up surveys and a randomized intervention, to estimate the causal impact … more
  • Human Development
    Family & Relationships
    Economic Behavior
    Youth
    Social Psychology

    Children's Health and Migration

    As migration rates rise globally, this widespread population movement has profound demographic and health consequences, including for children left behind. Migration may be beneficial for a child's health if … more
  • Economic Behavior

    Household Financial Behavior-2019

    This research program continues a long standing relationship with the Federal Reserve Board. The research will focus on various aspects of how households manage their financial assets and debts. The … more