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


Understanding Coronavirus in America longitudinal poll looking at Covid-19 related behavior and outcomes was references in the Wall Street Journal in China's Useful Covid Lesson.

Congratulations to Executive Director Arie Kapteyn, who was selected to receive a 2023 Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship from the University of Southern California.

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March 15, 2023CESR's Ten Year Anniversary: The End of Enlightenment?