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Past Events

An important part of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics mission is the sharing of our research findings so they have an impact on the well-being of people and society.

PURCE regularly hosts informational events for the general public and also for select audiences, including lawmakers and fellow academics.

Find details about upcoming events by visiting our Events page.If you would like to join us, please join our mailing list by emailing purce@purdue.edu

Continue reading for a digest of past PURCE events. 

PURCE Economic Policy Webinars

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 saw a shift to online events. Our popular luncheons became webinars, and we offered interactive virtual sessions on the following topics:

  • April 2021: Farid Farrokhi, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "How Trade Policy Can Help Reduce Carbon Emissions"

Dr. Farrokhi's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • March 2021: Jonathan Black, Assistant Professor of Accounting, on "Fraud Happens -- But Who Uncovers It?"

Dr. Black's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • February 2021: Dan Bonin, Krannert Economics PhD Candidate, on "How Social Policies Affect Migration"

Dan's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • January 2021: Kevin Mumford, Associate Professor of Economics and the Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics, on "The Economic Impact of COVID-19"

Dr. Mumford's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • November 2020: Victoria Prowse, Associate Professor of Economics, on "Using Goals to Motivate College Students"

Dr. Prowse's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • October 2020: W. Ben McCartney, Assistant Professor of Finance, on "Economic Hardship Decreases Voter Participation"

Dr. McCartney's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

  • September 2020: Miguel Sarzosa, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "Classroom Peer-Effects and Grade Retention"

Dr. Sarzosa's presentation is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel.

PURCE Economic Policy Luncheon Series

Our center hosts an Economic Policy Luncheon series featuring a faculty member presenting their latest research findings. Local business leaders, community members, elected officials, and fellow academics attend to discuss PURCE research area topics.

Past policy luncheons have featured these PURCE affiliates on these topics:

  • Kevin Mumford, Kozuch Director of PURCE and Associate Professor of Economics, on "The Effects of the Trump Tax Cuts on Households and Firms"
  • David Hummels, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics, on "Reshaping U.S. Higher Education in the Face of Globalization"
  • Tim Moore, Associate Professor of Economics, on "The Opioid Crisis and Declining Life Expectancy in America"
  • Tim Bond, Associate Professor of Economics, on "The Sad Truth About Measuring Happiness and Other Things"
  • Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "Oh SNAP!: How Government Policies Can Make Crime Less Appealing"
  • Chong Xiang, Professor of Economics, on "A Guide to the Trump Tariffs and their Impact"
  • Special guest Dr. Keith Hall, on "Government Deficits and Debt: Why They’re so Large and Why They Matter"
  • Trevor Gallen, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "U.S. Income Inequality: What Do We Know?"
  • Kevin Mumford on "Income Share Agreements: The Wave of the Future?"
  • Anson Soderbery, Associate Professor of Economics, on "The Trump Tariffs: What Economic Incentives are at Play?"
  • Joe Mazur, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "Competition Policy & Anticompetitive Mergers"

Starting fall 2020, these luncheons have evolved into monthly live webinars.

Information Sessions at the Indiana Statehouse

During the 2019-2020 Indiana State Government legislative session, PURCE, in partnership with the Purdue University Office of Government Relations, hosted intimate info sessions at the Indiana Statehouse for invited guests. Elected members of the Indiana House and Senate, heads of various state departments, and members of boards and lobbying groups attended the following sessions:

  • February 2020: Jillian Carr, Assistant Professor of Economics, on "SNAP Policy & Implementation: States have the Power to Effect Change"
  • February 2020: Kevin Mumford, Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics and Associate Professor of Economics, on "Teacher Pay-For-Performance: Is It Effective?"
  • March 2020: David Hummels, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics, on "U.S. Tariffs and their Effect on Hoosier Consumers, Producers"

Attendees at these breakfast events were provided data and the latest research on policy topics important to them. A robust Q&A session and discussion followed each presentation.

Economic Ideas Forum

This annual conference offered a day of faculty presentations on policy topics and the effects of government policy. A nationally recognized policy scholar was invited to provide a keynote address. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we canceled our planned April 2020 Economic Ideas Forum. 

April 2019

Our second annual Economic Ideas Forum brought together community, business and government leaders, students and faculty, and guest Dr. Doug Irwin for discussions on crucial economic topics.

The April 18, 2019, event began with PURCE donors and supporters gathering for a private lunch featuring a talk by Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and the preeminent economic historian of U.S. trade and trade policy over the past 150 years.

Irwin then joined Economic Scholars Program students, who had read his most recent book, "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy," for a discussion.

The Forum continued with an afternoon of PURCE faculty sessions in Krannert's Rawls Hall, bringing guests into the classroom. Attendees could choose from one of three sessions offered in three time slots; topics included the opioid crisis; the real and financial effects of policy uncertainty; the unintended effects of regulation; discrimination in the labor market; inequality in the U.S.

We capped the day with an evening fireside chat and Q&A in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall, featuring Irwin, Dr. David Hummels; and Krannert Associate Dean David Schoorman. The three discussed trade policy and negotiations. The Fowler Hall event is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel. 

Our Forum was made possible by the generous support of the Hugh and Judy Pence family.

April 2018

Our inaugural Economic Ideas Forum on April 19, 2018, brought to campus Nobel Prize winning American economist James Heckman. Dr. Heckman was the special guest at a private lunch featuring faculty presentations. The afternoon offered a panel discussion on early childhood development in the Krannert Auditorium, moderated by PURCE faculty affiliate and Head of Krannert's Economics Department, Dr. Justin Tobias.

In the evening, Dr. Heckman and David Hummels hosted a fireside chat, open to the public.