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 8,200 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


The election is in the news and our Daybreak Tracking Poll is getting a great deal of attention.  Newsweek, repeated stories in the LA Times as the days count down.  The media has not forgotten Covid-19 however, a key issue in the Presidential debates.  CNN writes up some recent findings.




October 29, 2020Experiences with the CESR daybreak poll

November 02, 2020Labor Market Scarring in the Very Long Run: Evidence from Large-Scale Longitudinal Microdata