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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


LA Barometer Livability survey is released!  This is the link to the AirTalk appearance (Larry Mantle) with LABarometer Director Kyla Thomas.  Kyla explained the significance of the quarterly survey, as well as the likely reasons behind the lower life satisfaction rating in Los Angeles. Fox 5 in San Diego posted an online story from City News Service.



March 02, 2020"Collateralized Marriage"

March 16, 2020"The Comparative Impact of Cash Transfers and Psychotherapy on Psychological and Economic Well-being"