Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) research focus areas include competition, crime, education, fiscal policy, health, innovation, market solutions, monetary policy, regulation, state policies, trade, and work.
Below, please find recent research stories highlighting the work of our faculty affiliates.
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
New research by Purdue economist Lindsay Relihan indicates that the popularization of remote work is physically altering the economic landscape of downtowns. The increasing ability to work from anywhere impacts where people choose to shop, live and do business.
Thursday, November 2, 2023
With the 2024 presidential election looming, battleground states are getting a lot of attention from candidates on both sides of the aisle because the outcome can swing either way. State regulators and politicians who have incentives to selectively enforce regulations and policy are also paying attention, says Huseyin Gulen of Purdue University’s Daniels School of Business.
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Not all dangerous trading comes from insider trading practices, fraud or false and misleading information. Social media and tech platforms can also cause people to engage in risky trading, a new study by Purdue University’s Mohammad Rahman, the Daniels School Chair in Management, demonstrates.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Understanding the relationship between childhood cognitive skills and adult outcomes has important implications for policymakers, educators, and even parents who strive to get their kids through school well-prepared to launch a successful career, professors Victoria Prowse and David Gill show.
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Two separate research papers on Airbnbs, by professors Ralph Siebert and Zaiyan Wei, deal with the complexities surrounding the rapid expansion of short-term rental platforms.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
The murder rate for one demographic group saw sharp increases throughout the 1980s and remained higher than other demographic groups that experienced long-term declines in their murder rates, research by Tim Moore shows.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Researcher Jillian Carr focuses on policies that change the timing of benefit distribution in order to estimate the effects of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, receipt on crime.
Monday, November 7, 2022
In the airline industry, anticompetitive mergers can lead to higher ticket prices. Joe Mazur shows that this is especially true when the newly joined airlines are the only nonstop carriers along a route.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Relying on “correspondence audit studies” to examine discrimination has some glaring issues that make a new method of obtaining the same important insights invaluable, research by Colin Sullivan shows.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Nearing retirement? You might want to rethink your options for when to start claiming benefits, says Tim Moore. New research shows that declining labor force participation leads to an immediate jump in mortality.
Friday, June 17, 2022
While COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders undoubtedly saved many lives, new research by Jillian Carr highlights the effects of changes to expected police procedures and a need to better protect the vulnerable.
Friday, May 20, 2022
While some costs of bullying – school absenteeism, suicidal thoughts – have been documented, Miguel Sarzosa says little research has been done on the two-way relationship between bullying and skill accumulation.
Friday, May 20, 2022
More and more students are getting good grades, and more are graduating. New research from Kevin Mumford shows GPAs have been rising and college graduation rates have increased because standards have been lowered.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Researcher Timothy Bond provides a theoretical framework for understanding how immigrants impact native job amenities, including how immigration affects non-wage job characteristics.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Victoria Prowse and David Gill examine a study that has followed almost every individual born in the UK in March 1958 throughout their life and shows that their creativity as children predicts their success later in life.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
In most countries, traffic accidents are teenagers’ leading cause of death. A ban on nighttime driving with multiple passengers more than halved crashes, casualties, and deaths targeted by the ban, research from Tim Moore shows.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Research from a Purdue University finance expert answers a somewhat dark question: do financial shortfalls at hospitals lead to physicians favoring more expensive procedures to compensate for a weak bottom line?
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Refinancing a mortgage can lead to lower mortgage payments and better interest rates. Data shows that refinancing decisions are influenced by one’s neighbors, especially if they belong to the same racial group.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Inspecting shipping containers is critical to ensure a safe trading environment and tariff enforcement, says Russell Hillberry, but it’s difficult for inspectors to balance these benefits against the strain that frequent inspections impose on trade.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Stay-at-home orders were widely implemented in the U.S. to combat the spread of the virus, but their benefits came at costs to employment, earnings, and spending felt by millions of people, Mario Crucini's work shows.