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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  • Social Psychology

    Ideational Influences on Migration: Values and Beliefs

    The purpose of this project is to investigate the influence of ideational factors - values and beliefs - on domestic and international migration in Nepal. We have identified many ideational factors that … more
  • Politics
    Data & Methods

    The Fifth Module of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)

    The CSES is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from around the world. Participating countries and provinces include a common module of survey questions in their post-… more
  • Poverty & Inequality

    The Consequences of Sanctions for Mortality in Socially Marginalized Populations

    A large body of research has documented persistent social inequality in health between groups defined by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES), showing that minorities and groups of lower SES … more
  • Politics
    Data & Methods

    American National Election Studies (ANES)

    Founded in 1948, the core mission of the American National Election Study (ANES) is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological … more
  • Youth

    Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY)

    The Longitudinal Study of American Youth (LSAY) is a three-cohort two-generation longitudinal study of national samples of public school students in the United States. The two original cohorts … more
  • Aging & Retirement

    Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA)

    The Michigan P30 Center on the Demography of Aging is a joint program of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Funding … more
  • Data & Methods

    Demographic Data Sharing and Archiving

    Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) aims to serve the demographic community by archiving, preserving and disseminating data relevant for population studies. DSDR is a project supported by the Population … 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
  • Aging & Retirement

    National Health and Aging Trends Study

    The overarching goals of this project are: (1) to promote scientific inquiry into late-life disability trends and dynamics, their antecedents and correlates, and disparities therein and (2) to advance … more
  • Family & Relationships

    Distal Determinants of Race-Ethnic Variation in Unintended Fertility

    Unintended fertility in the United States has remained stable since 1994, at half of all pregnancies and a third of all births, with young adults having the highest rates. Continued … more