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Research Highlights

Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) research focus areas include competition, crime, education, fiscal policy, health, innovation, market solutions, state policies, trade, and work.

Below, please find recent research stories highlighting the work of our faculty affiliates.

  • Airbnb

    Short-Term Rentals Make Housing Less Affordable

    Thursday, February 2, 2023

    The rapid expansion of short-term rental platforms (or STRs) has raised concerns among legislators seeking to regulate companies like Airbnb, a leading online hosting platform at the forefront of conversations surrounding the short-term rental market.

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  • Cocaine

    Deadly Gap

    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.

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  • vegetables

    Timing of Benefit Distribution has Major Effect on Crime

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    Researchers focus 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.

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  • airplane

    New Research Predicts Post-Merger Airline Behavior

    Monday, November 7, 2022

    In the airline industry, anticompetitive mergers can lead to higher ticket prices. This is especially true when the newly joined airlines are the only nonstop carriers along a route.

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  • employment discrimination

    A Better Way to Detect Employment Discrimination, Employer Preferences

    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.

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  • social security application

    Research Shows Claiming Benefits Early Increases Mortality for Men

    Tuesday, August 30, 2022

    Nearing retirement? You might want to rethink your options for when to start claiming benefits. New research shows that declining labor force participation leads to an immediate jump in mortality.

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  • Domestic violence

    Domestic Violence Arrests Fall During COVID-Lockdown; 911 Calls for Police Surged

    Friday, June 17, 2022

    While COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders undoubtedly saved many lives, new research highlights the effects of changes to expected police procedures and a need to better protect the vulnerable.

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