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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.

Data-Driven Insights

PURCE is home to select faculty and students united around a common goal: to produce impactful 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 PhD 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. Our center tracks media placements of PURCE-affiliated faculty research. Faculty are quoted as experts in local, national and international media, including Bloomberg News, the Indianapolis Business Journal, The New York Times, Yahoo Finance,  and more.

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, webinars and other informational sessions featuring PURCE faculty discussing their research; an Economic Ideas Forum, our annual conference; 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.

Accomplishments and Priorities

PURCE's 2020-2021 annual report highlights our center's past and our goals for the future. Read the report to learn about our research-centered events and accomplishments, our student support programs and faculty affiliates, and much more.

Go back further and read our 2019-2020 annual report and the 2018-19 annual report to learn more.