The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts.

Our ultimate goal: to improve social welfare by informing and influencing decision-making in the public and private sectors. Along the way, we are leading a creative revolution in how scientists conduct social science and economic research through the use of innovative technology. Tomorrow is here, today.

Understanding American Study

The USC Understanding America Study (UAS) is creating an in-depth portrayal of the people in the U.S.--their daily lives and their opinions. This 2,000+ Internet panel is yielding insights and information of significant value to policy makers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, opinion pollsters, social science researchers, corporations and more. More


Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz has a new project of grand scope from the National Science Foundation to study obesity.  The Daily Mail in the UK picked it up here.




October 12, 2015The Effect of Pollution on Office Workers: Evidence from Call Centers in China

October 15, 2015Creating winners and losers: date of birth, relative age in school, and outcomes in childhood and adulthood