Institute for Social Research

  1. March 19, 2014

    Survey finds surprising attitudes toward energy costs, environmental impact

    Consumers, on average, believe home energy bills would have to nearly double before forcing them to make lifestyle changes to save on costs, according to a new U-M survey. 

  2. February 7, 2014

    Most teenage workers spend their earnings on short-term wants

    High school seniors spend most of their earnings on clothes, music, movies, eating out and other personal expenses. Spending on cars and car expenses comes in second.

  3. January 31, 2014

    How patients make medical decisions

    Sooner or later, everyone faces decisions about whether or not to have surgery, take a new medication or have a cancer-screening test. A new University of Michigan study published in Health Expectations explores the costs and benefits patients say are important in making these kinds of medical decisions, and how those costs and benefits explain what they actually decide to do.

  4. January 29, 2014

    Faculty testify before Congress on transportation, job issues

    Two U-M faculty members testified before U.S. House panels Tuesday, about transportation technology and a jobs-related provision of the Affordable Care Act.

  5. January 13, 2014

    Most students are targets of food and beverage marketing at school

    Most public elementary, middle and high school students are exposed to some kind of commercial marketing efforts at their schools, a new study shows.

  6. October 14, 2013

    Landmark U-M effort measures sustainability culture on campus

    Most U-M faculty, students and staff say they are committed to sustainability, but new survey results indicate significant room for improvement in sustainability behaviors, awareness, engagement and accountability.