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 5,500 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


We are in the news! With a poll tracking probabilities over time, many are watching.  Some recent mentions:  

Our op ed on The Hill was posted in an attempt to address some of the comments we have received about the poll and how we are different.

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October 24, 2016The Effect of Pension Income on Elderly Earnings: Evidence from Social Security and Full Population Data

October 25, 2016The Potential of Survey-Effort Measures to Proxy for Relevant Character Skills: Findings from the Understanding America Study