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 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


Case and Deaton: Morbidity and Mortality in America

Town and Gown, 10.30am Thursday April 21st, Anne Case and Angus Deaton wil present their groundbreaking work on falling life expectancy.

Conference on Polygenic Prediction and its Application in Social Science

We are pleased to host the largest international gathering to date of experts in the field of poly, ...More


May 25, 2017Measuring the Effects of Employment Protection Policies: Theory and Evidence from the Americans with Disabilities Act

June 01, 2017Socioeconomic Status and the Impact of Mental Health Care