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Our Mission

The Purdue University Research Center in Economics' mission is two-fold: To conduct rigorous policy-relevant economic research, and to share that research so it has an impact on the well-being of people and society.

Unbiased Insights

PURCE is populated by a variety of faculty and graduate students, all united around a common goal: to produce unbiased economic research.

We are focused on the creation and dissemination of data-driven insights into how laws, regulations, and government programs affect the market economy and the well-being of individuals and society.

We do this by:

  • Providing resources to hire faculty who are trained in empirical economic methodologies and who apply them to policy evaluation;
  • Training economics Ph.D. students in these methods and with this research focus;
  • Supporting the research of faculty and students and helping them distribute their research findings.

Sharing Information

An important goal of PURCE is to disseminate, in a non-technical and jargon-free way, the research findings of our faculty, so that those findings might be widely understood by a general audience.

We work with media to provide solid information and faculty experts on a variety of topics.

PURCE engages policymakers, community groups, academics, business leaders and more by sharing our research in policy briefs, white papers, and published articles; hosting economic policy luncheons featuring PURCE faculty discussing their research; an annual Economic Ideas Forum; and guest lectures by distinguished economics researchers.

Our faculty have published in top academic journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Review of Economics and Statistics, Labour Economics, Journal of Law, and many more.