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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 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

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Maria Prados and co-authors had a write up in Vox about their paper on the long-term benefits of early childcare.  With Jorge Luis García, James Heckman, and Duncan Ermini Leaf.


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September 28, 2017How do Refugees affect Businesses in Developing Countries? The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

October 02, 2017Does Providing FICO Scores Influence Financial Behavior? Evidence from a Field Experiment"