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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  • 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
  • Economic Behavior
    Aging & Retirement

    Examining self-employment and the transition to retirement among older adults in the United States

    Many people engage in self-employment, yet there exists a dearth of data on these arrangements. This lack of data prevents consideration of important questions relevant to employment, retirement, inequality, … more
  • Economic Behavior
    Population Health
    Poverty & Inequality
    Aging & Retirement

    Understanding Food Related Hardship Among Older Americans

    This project will analyze the determinants of food insecurity among older Americans with a focus on the role of public programs - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid - that may mitigate food insecurity.… more
  • Data & Methods
    Population Health
    Economic Behavior

    An Infrastructure for Evidence-Based Policy

    The Census Bureau maintains a vast body of linkable data files covering the American population from 1940 forward, including census data, survey data, and administrative records. This project will extend … more