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

Newsroom

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured Kyla Thomas of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research and Wändi Bruine de Bruin of the USC Price School on low rates of vaccine intent and the importance of messaging among minority populations. "We're seeing much lower rates of vaccine acceptance. Nationally, about 63% of our respondents ...More

Events

April 12, 2021Genes, Pubs, and Drinks: Gene-environment interplay and alcohol licensing policy in the United Kingdom

April 19, 2021Applied Behavioral Science: Psychology as a Tool for Policy Design and Implementation