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The Purdue Center for Economic Education offers both formal economics courses and non-credit programs for teachers, employee groups, and other adult audiences; develops new instructional materials and programs; conducts research on the economic literacy of students, teachers, and the general public; and conducts formal evaluation studies of instructional materials and programs

Purdue Center for Economic Education

Krannert Center

425 West State Street

  West Lafayette,  IN  47907-2056 

Krannert Center



We offer economic education training programs for K-12 teachers in Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, White, and Warren Counties.  Contact us to schedule an on-site workshop for your teachers at no cost to your or your staff.

 View our newly updated PowerPoint presentation describing all of the activities of the Center - history, workshops and conferences conducted world-wide, and affiliations.





It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of the Purdue Center's long-time director, Professor Michael Watts.  Sadly, Professor Watts passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2014, while on vacation with his wife.  Professor Watts joined the Purdue faculty in 1981 and become the director of the PCEE in 1984.  He and his many contributions to economic education will be sorely missed.  Please read more about Professor Watts by clicking here.      Mike's obituary can be found here



The Purdue Center for Economic Education is the recipient of the 2014 Peter V. Harrington Center of the Year Award.  This distinguished award is given each year to an Indiana Center for Economic Education in recognition of excellence in promoting economic education to teachers, students, and citizens of Indiana. \\



Economics & Art:  Check out these resources:

The Purdue Center for Economic Education website on Economics and Art:

This unique website is a great tool to help teachers and the public understand economics through paintings, drawings  and engravings. This growing set of slide shows features individual artists including the Brueghels, Hokusai, Diego Rivera, and Norman Rockwell, to name a few.  The site also features slide shows on particular economic concepts.  View such topics as Capital Resources & Technology, Leisure & Recreation, Economic Functions of Government & Public Choice, and Urbanization, with discussion questions for students at the end of each show.


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Other resources:   

The Artist as Entrepreneur:

Using Art to Teach Economics.pdf - Journal of Economic Education

New and Enduring Topics and Trends in Economic Education Research.pptx - PowerPoint


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This site was last updated on:  06/28/2015