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Jillian Carr

Jillian Carr

Associate Professor of Economics


Ph.D., Economics, Texas A&M


I'm an Associate Professor of Economics. I received my PhD from Texas A&M University and my BA from Rhodes College in economics and math.

My research fields are applied microeconomics and public economics, and my current research is on the economics of crime, public economics and law and economics. I've studied a variety of topics including Section 8 Housing Vouchers, the effect of juvenile curfews on gun violence, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). 

Currently, I teach undergraduate and graduate Public Economics. 

Journal Articles

  • Bond, T. N., Carr, J. B., Packham, A., & Smith, J. (2022). "Hungry for success? SNAP timing, high-stakes exam performance, and college attendance." American Economic Journal: Policy vol. 14 (4), 51-79.
  • Carr, J. & Packham, A. (2017). "The Effects of State-Mandated Abstinence-Based Sex Education on Teen Health Outcomes." Health Economics vol. 26 (4), 403-420. | Related Website | Download Download |
  • vegetables

    Timing of Benefit Distribution has Major Effect on Crime

    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.

    Full story: Timing of Benefit Distribution has Major Effect on Crime

  • Domestic violence

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

    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.

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

  • Grocery Store

    Meal Planning

    Prior to February 2010, Illinois delivered food stamps on the first day of every month. Then the state decided to spread distribution more evenly throughout the month. As a result, stores weren't hit with massive crowds all at once and officials weren't burdened with a large workload. New research from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and Miami University featured in Business Insider suggests there could be another benefit of the change: a reduction in grocery store thefts.

    Full story: Meal Planning

  •  Gun Control

    Shot Stopper

    As gun violence continues to escalate nationwide, research coauthored by Krannert economics professor Jillian Carr takes aim at widely enforced juvenile curfew laws intended to reduce crime that may actually increase it.

    Full story: Shot Stopper

  • Purdue Expert: Economics and Crime

    Jillian Carr is an associate professor of economics at Purdue University. In this video, she explains how economic policies affect crime in intended and unintended ways.

    Full story: Purdue Expert: Economics and Crime

  • Purdue University livestreams panels on COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and economic implications
    Professors in the Krannert School of Management and College of Agriculture at Purdue University participated in an hourlong panel discussion and Q&A on May 18 about the disruptions to supply chains caused by COVID-19 and implications for consumers. Earlier in May, three Krannert faculty affiliates from the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) hosted a Facebook Live event on the economic implications of COVID-19.

Phone: (765) 496-0288
Office: KRAN 317

Quick links

Personal website

Area(s) of Expertise

Crime, Economics, Public Economics, Public Policy