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

This month the UAS work on Understanding Corona virus in America focused on mental health, parenting, and discrimination, the latter highlighted in this interview Ying Liu gave to ABC7.  We were featured on many local news stations including KCAL9, KABC News, KCBS, and Fox11.  Our data was also mentioned in the LA Times in an article about youth behavior during the ...More

Events

August 17, 2020"Digital Addiction"

September 14, 2020Matthew Kraft Talk Title TBD