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 W Ben Mccartney

W Ben Mccartney

Assistant Professor of Management

Working Papers

  • McCartney, W. B. (2019). Does Household Finance Affect Elections? Evidence from a Housing Crisis. | Related Website |
  • McCartney, W. B. & Shah, A. (2019). The Economic Importance of Neighbors: Evidence from Hyperlocal Social Influence Effects in Mortgage Markets. | Related Website |
  • Adelino, M.; Lewellen K.; McCartney, W. B. (2019). Hospital Financial Health and Clinical Choices: Evidence From the Financial Crisis. | Related Website |
  • I voted stickers

    Unemployment due to COVID-19 could eat into voter turnout, Purdue economist says

    The “angry voter hypothesis” is a popular narrative that many voters are driven to the polls by economic anxiety. But a new study by Krannert economist Ben McCartney shows that hundreds of thousands of Americans hit by the 2008 recession actually avoided participating in subsequent elections.

    Full story: Unemployment due to COVID-19 could eat into voter turnout, Purdue economist says

  • Voting could be of least concern for Americans facing housing crisis, says Purdue economist
    In the second week of April, housing prices began to stall and new listings dropped 47 percent compared with the same time last year. It’s part of the economic fallout of COVID-19, which has left 22 million Americans unemployed, and the upcoming general election might be the last thing on their minds, says Purdue economist Ben McCartney. "Even if the economic ship is somewhat righted by November, a lot of households’ financial situations will have really deteriorated," he says. "The implications for voter turnout are worrying.”
  • NYT: Trump has a gut feeling about what COVID-19 means for 2020
    In this op-ed for the New York Times, Thomas Edsall writes about polling trends and thoughts of how President Trump is handling the coronavirus crisis and economy, as well as what it could mean for the upcoming election. The work of William McCartney, a professor of finance at Krannert School of Management, is mentioned. McCartney looked at household finances and voting trends during the 2007-09 financial meltdown.
  • data visualization
    Krannert professor studies household financial decisions with the help of ITaP data analysis system
    Whether your house has recently gained or lost value could predict how likely you are to vote in the next election. That’s the conclusion of recent research from Ben McCartney, an assistant professor of finance who studies household finance and real estate. McCartney used Data Workbench, ITaP Research Computing’s interactive data analysis resource, for this study.

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