A multi-disciplinary, informal and free-flowing research environment


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The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) conducts basic and applied research in behavioral and social sciences. The center's name signifies the breadth of the research, encompassing numerous fields, disciplines, topics and methodologies. Science is an ever evolving activity, where methods, topics and implementation of research change with deepening scientific knowledge and in response to external developments and the changing needs of society.
CESR staff understand these changes and strive to utilize the latest and most relevant approaches in their research. CESR fosters a multi-disciplinary, informal and free-flowing research environment. It is a center within the University of Southern California Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Featured Research Area

The USC Center for Self-Report Science (CSS) is led by Arthur Stone and Joan Broderick. The mission of the USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science (CSS) is to improve our understanding about how people answer questions about themselves and to develop innovative methods that provide accurate, reliable, and ecologically valid self-reports. Center faculty investigate the range of sampling densities from high frequency self-report data in peoples’ natural environments using ecological momentary assessment, through daily diaries, day reconstruction methods, and traditional recall assessments. Read More

Announcements & News

CESR announces its forthcoming conference in Singapore, Frontiers of Behavioral Economics: Choice and Wellbeing in the Asia Pacific in June 2015. See our event site for details!

The Center for Economic and Social Research is pleased to announce our new blog, which will provide regular insights from the Center's diverse researchers and their research areas.

In the Media:

Researcher Silvia Barcellos was in the news with her work on immigration, both in the Economist and it was also cited by the Whitehouse Council of Economic Advisers.

CESR's Understanding America Study results from an Ebola survey written by Dr. John Romley of the Schaeffer Center were released today, showing most Americans feel Ebola is a foreign threat.

CESR mHealth Collaboratory Director Donna Metz is on the forefront of new trends in data collection for health, see this article.

Arthur Stone publishes key article in Science Magazine, "Progress in measuring subjective well-being," with Alan Krueger.

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