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 9,300+ 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


Lila Rabinovich and Francisco Perez-Arce's work exploring effects of Social Security claiming for partial retirees in the UAS was picked up by Apple News, finding that lost benefits for returning to work are not always anticipated.




April 22, 2024"Intergenerational Transmission of Lifespan in the United States" joint with Neil Duzett, Adriana Lleras-Muney, Joe Price and Nolan Pope

April 29, 2024“The Political Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic”