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Research Centers

University of Michigan Research Centers provides links to research centers at the University of Michigan that are conducting work that may be of interest for retirement policy and analysis.

  • Life-Cycle Economics
    LCE is the parent program for the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC). Researchers working within the Life-Cycle Economics Program at the Survey Research Center conduct analytical economic research based on the life-cycle model and other similar formulations. The life-cycle model is designed to characterize household behavior in response to aging.

  • Center for Political Studies (CPS)
    CPS analyzes interactions among institutions, political processes, and individuals.

  • Department of Economics
    The University of Michigan Department of Economics is known for research that applies economics to the challenging and important policy questions of the day.

  • Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured (ERIU)
    Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ERIU seeks to initiate, commission, and disseminate original research to spark new discussions on health coverage issues.

  • Ford School of Public Policy
    The Ford School conducts social science research to illuminate public policy issues and promote better public policy. It also provides education for leadership in public policy analysis and public management.

  • University of Michigan Geriatrics Center & Institute for Gerontology
    The University of Michigan Geriatrics Center provides multidisciplinary care to the older population, as well as educational opportunities to caregivers. Focusing on the aging process, the Institute of Gerontology is the Geriatric Center's research arm.

  • Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
    The HRS surveys more than 26,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, the HRS explores the changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow.

  • Institute for Social Research (ISR)
    Founded in 1948, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) is the world's largest academic social science survey and research organization. ISR's survey studies include the Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, Health & Retirement Study, National Survey of American Life, Monitoring the Future Study, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and World Values Survey.

  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program
    ICPSR offers a comprehensive, integrated program of studies in research design, statistics, data analysis, and social methodology.

  • Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA)
    MiCDA, a joint program of the University of Michigan's Population Studies Center and the Survey Research Center, helps spur new research on the economics and demography of aging and encourages the use of major datasets in the field.

  • Population Studies Center (PSC)
    Established in 1961 at the Institute for Social Research, PSC is one of the oldest population centers in the United States. PSC is an interdisciplinary community of scholars in the field of population studies.

  • School of Public Health (SPH)
    The SPH creates and disseminates knowledge regarding disease prevention and health promotion in U.S. and world populations, and promotes integrated approaches to solving public health problems.

  • Survey Research Center (SRC)
    The largest center within the Institute for Social Research, SRC focuses on interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys.