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

Newsroom

Let the UAS election tracking poll begin! News release on our new methodology and some early results.  Los Angeles Times featured the latest results of the USC Dornsife College's Daybreak Poll, which highlighted the challenges Joe Biden and Donald Trump are facing as the election draws near. "So far, few voters are focused on climate change as a ...More

Events

September 28, 2020The Value of Time in the United States: Estimates from a Nationwide Natural Field Experiment

October 01, 2020“Leadership: How anyone can (and should) be a leader”