Welcome World

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.

Research Areas

At CESR, our scientists, colleagues and staff pursue compelling, data-driven research in the social sciences and economics that further understanding, policy making and quality of life. In broad terms, our significant areas of interest include:

Children & Families
Development Economics
Education Economics
Financial Decision Making
Health, Health Disparities, and Socio-Economic Status
Mobile Health
Subjective Well-Being
Work Disability

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 13,000+ 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.

Contact Us

USC University Park Campus

CESR West – Los Angeles, CA

635 Downey Way
VPD 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332
Tel: 213.821.1850
Fax: 213.821.2716

USC Capital Campus

CESR East – Washington, DC

1771 N Street NW
WDC 400
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 213.821.1850
Fax: 213.821.2716