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.

Health systems, technology and combating stigma in the fight against tuberculosis

Health systems, technology and combating stigma in the fight against tuberculosis

An NGO’s approach to addressing the challenge of TB in India and Cambodia. In Cambodia, with the support of the National Institutes of Health, CESR researchers are partnering with Operation ASHA, a leading global NGO in the area of…

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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 6,000 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


CESR Executive Director Arie Kapteyn was featured on the USC home page and in a press release about his work on international comparisons of physical activity.  The piece is published April 11 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. An animation summary gives a quick overview of findings.



April 23, 2018Parental Beliefs and Investments in Human Capital

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