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 America 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 9,300+ 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

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Francisco Perez-Arce was featured in Healthline discussing how mental health was reported to have improved after a Covid vaccination, as found in the Understanding America Study.



New blogpost came out in The Evidence Base, our joint blog with the Schaeffer Center, by Joanne Yoong looking at Gender and Financial literacy for older women for a project funded by ...More

Events

September 27, 2021Early Career, Life-Cycle Choices, and Gender

October 04, 2021Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Imprisonment