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Kevin Mumford

Kevin Mumford

Associate Professor of Economics
Kozuch Director, Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE)



Ph.D. Economics, Stanford University
M.A. Economics, Stanford University
B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University


Professor Mumford teaches courses in applied econometrics at the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. levels. He was voted the Favorite Economics Professor in 2011 and was nominated for the 2014 Purdue Exceptional Early Career Teaching Award.

Professor Mumford's research has focused on the evaluation of public policy in the areas of education, taxation, labor market regulation, personal finance, poverty, and fertility.  He has a secondary research focus on the role of human capital and health in measuring national wealth. He has published research articles in several of the top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Econometrics. He has received research grants from the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Kinley Trust. In 2010, Professor Mumford was awarded the John and Mary Willis Young Faculty Scholar Award.

Professor Mumford currently serves as the the Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) and serves on the Economics Department Executive Committee. He was previously the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Economics (2015-2018), Faculty Advisor for the Economics Honors Society Omicron Delta Epsilon (2007-2018), and Faculty Advisor for the Purdue Econ Club (2007-2014).

See Professor Mumford's website for additional information:

  • money in hands

    Another round of $1,200 stimulus checks? A more targeted plan to get money to those who need it most is better option, say experts

    Millions of Americans put a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks on their wish lists. But Congress has yet to decide exactly what the next version of coronavirus stimulus legislation will look like. Professor Kevin Mumford, Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics, comments on the issue for CNBC.

    Full story: Another round of $1,200 stimulus checks? A more targeted plan to get money to those who need it most is better option, say experts

  • Purdue economists: Americans unemployed due to COVID-19 lockdowns could be slow to return to work
    The COVID-19 pandemic has paused the United States economy and resulted in historic levels of unemployment, and it’s unclear how easily the light switch can be turned back on, say Purdue University economists who specialize in public policy and labor markets.
  • Year in Review: PURCE continues Krannert’s long tradition in economics research
    When Herman Krannert endowed the School of Management in 1962, Purdue University already had built a strong foundation for economics research under the leadership of founding Dean Emanuel “Em” Weiler. Flash forward more than half a century, and you’ll find that same spirit and mission in the Krannert School of Management’s current economics center, which bridges the worlds of research and public policy, data and real-world impact.
  • Purdue trustees approve naming of Krannert faculty positions and study abroad program
    The Purdue University Board of Trustees has ratified two named faculty positions at Krannert and approved the naming of the school's study abroad program in honor of an alumna. Professor Justin Tobias was named the Loeb Chair in Economics, while Associate Professor Kevin Mumford was named the Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE). Trustees also approved a resolution of appreciation for those who recently contributed $1 million or more to the university, including Krannert alumna Nancy Handel, whose ongoing gift commitments will create the Nancy H. Handel Study Abroad Program.
  • Purdue has teamed up with Nationwide to develop a veterinary price index

    Bucking the U.S. government’s assertion that prices for products and services at veterinary hospitals rose 15 percent from 2009 to 2013, pet insurance provider VPI-Nationwide and an economist from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management have concluded that charges for veterinary services actually fell 1 percent in that four-year period.

Phone: (765) 496-6773
Office: KRAN 311

Quick links

Personal website

Area(s) of Expertise

Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Education, Policy Evaluation