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


Our work with the Social Security Administration using the Understanding America Study in a number of studies on retirement deicision making is featured on their Retirement Initiative Website.

Donna Spruijt-Metz is quoted in an LA Times article featuring activity tracking devices such as Fitbits and our obsession with them.

Juan Saavedra's work on remedial education in Peru was featured ...More


March 27, 2017What is the Added Value of Preschool? Long-Term Impacts and Interactions with a Health Intervention

March 30, 2017Subjective expectations about Social Security and saving patterns