Economic Measures

Businesses, journalists, policymakers, and concerned citizens rely on a variety of economic measures, including monthly and quarterly reports on everything from small business credit and job creation to retail sales and GDP. The extensive expertise of NORC researchers and the foundational data provided by the Survey of Consumer Finances, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, and other NORC studies provide context and nuance to conversations about the state of the national and global economy that blunter measures often lack. NORC’s opinion research capacity is especially valuable, as what business and consumers think about the economy can have as much influence on spending, investment, and other economic activity as salaries, savings rates, and prices.

Representative Projects

Bank of Spain Survey of Household Finances. The Survey of Household Finances collects data on the investment and financial decisions of Spanish households. It is the sole source of disaggregated data of its kind in Spain and forms an important source of data for research and public policy.  More

General Social Survey (GSS). Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. The GSS is NORC’s longest running project, and one of its most influential.​​ More

National Congregations Study. The National Congregations Study – Wave III, sponsored primarily by the Lilly Endowment and carried out by NORC and Principal Investigator Mark Chaves at Duke University, aims to document the work, programs, and activities of America’s religious congregations.​ More

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997. The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), sponsored and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor, is the youth-focused component of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) Program – a set of surveys used to gather information on the labor market experiences of American men and women.  More

Nigeria Sub-National Investment Climate Improvement. This project, undertaken for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, focused on problems with real property transactions in Nigeria that are creating disincentives to investment and leading to informality in property markets. More

Residential Energy Consumption Survey. The RECS Household Survey is a U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, research program that collects information from households regarding uses of energy, behaviors and housing characteristics that affect present and long-term uses of energy, and the size of household energy bills. More

Secure Data Access Facility (SDAF) for the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Science Foundation awarded a contract to NORC to create a Secure Data Access Facility (SDAF) to house the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) and Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) data and metadata and to provide secure remote access and technical support to authorized researchers at the direction of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS). More

Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF). Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, this triennial survey is the only fully representative source of information on the broad financial circumstances of U.S. households. No other survey collects data on the household finances of a probability sample of Americans.  Data from the SCF are used to inform monetary policy, tax policy, consumer protection, and a variety of other policy issues. The data also serve as a basis for longer-term research on the economic state of the American family.​ More

Survey of Economically Successful Americans. Economically successful Americans have views about national problems that can be of great value to scholars and policy makers.  But little is known about the views of the most successful Americans which leads to these views being ignored and sometimes distorted by the media.  The Survey of Economically Successful Americans and the Common Good (SESA) gives this select group a rare opportunity to make their voice heard by academics and policy makers engaged in matters of national importance. More

Sustaining a Virtual Community. Led by Harvard Business School Professor Josh Lerner, PCRI is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Brookings Institution, and the Association of Corporate Growth. PCRI's overarching mission is to promote a better understanding of the Private Capital Industry. More

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