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


And so the year closes out with our poll getting the 2016 prize for "Statistical Fortitude" from 538.  There are worse ways to go. Read more about how we were in the news....

Our op ed on The Hill was posted in an attempt to address some of the comments we have received ...More


February 23, 2017Effects on Survey Attrition from Increased Respondent Burden: Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics

February 27, 2017From some to none? Fertility expectation dynamics of permanently childless women