Wednesday, November 30, 2022
In order to estimate the effects of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, receipt on crime, Purdue Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Jillian Carr and coauthor Dr. Analisa Packham of Vanderbilt University focus on policies that change the timing of benefit distribution.
Monday, November 7, 2022
In the United States, mergers that are likely to lessen competition are prohibited because they expose consumers to higher prices and/or inferior products and services. In the airline industry, anticompetitive mergers can lead to higher ticket prices and fewer choices for travelers. This is especially true when the newly joined airlines are the only nonstop carriers along a route. If flying nonstop is a priority for passengers, they are now at the mercy of a carrier that can set its ticket prices above the previous rate.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Economists typically rely on “correspondence audit studies” to examine discrimination and analyze how different candidate characteristics are valued by employers. Despite its strengths, this approach has some glaring issues that make a new method of obtaining the same important insights invaluable.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
If your year-end goals include planning for retirement, you might want to rethink your options for when to start claiming benefits. In “The Mortality Effects of Retirement: Evidence from Social Security Eligibility at Age 62,” published in the Journal of Public Economics, Krannert researcher Tim Moore and colleague Maria Fitzpatrick of Cornell University show that declining labor force participation leads to an immediate jump in mortality.
Friday, June 17, 2022
A Purdue University faculty expert on crime is painting a more comprehensive picture of the effects of lockdown policies on domestic violence. The picture is a discouraging one. While COVID-19 pandemic-related stay-at-home, or SAH, orders undoubtedly saved many lives, new research highlights the effects of changes to expected police procedures, and a need to better protect the vulnerable. During a stay-at-home order, one might expect reported domestic crimes and arrests to increase. In at least one major American city, they in fact fell, even as there was a large increase in 911 calls.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
When considering their social network, most people first think about close friends or work colleagues because they have many common acquaintances or may need to attend the same event or work on the same project. Likewise, you might also think about people with whom you interact but don’t share social circles or common friends. These latter type of connections are known as long ties, or “social bridges,” and are considered essential for diffusing novel information across different communities.
Friday, May 20, 2022
More and more college students are getting good grades, and more and more college students are passing the graduation finish line, diploma in hand. These trends cannot be explained by improved school resources or student characteristics like time spent studying, employment during college, or better college prep courses.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Kids who experience bullying are victims of injury or discomfort from peer teasing, harassment, and physical abuse. While some costs of bullying – school absenteeism, suicidal thoughts and actions – have been documented, little research has been done on the two-way relationship between bullying and skill accumulation in children. Miguel Sarzosa, an assistant professor of economics at Purdue University, finds that victimization depletes an average middle school child’s non-cognitive skills by 40 percent. This skill depletion causes the child to become 34 percent more likely to experience bullying again.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Purdue University researchers David Gill and Victoria Prowse use data from a study that has followed almost every individual born in the United Kingdom in the ?rst week of March 1958 throughout their life. Gill and Prowse find that their creativity as children, measured at age 7, predicts their success later in life.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
In most countries, traffic accidents are teenagers’ leading cause of death, with risky driving accounting for a large fraction of those teen deaths. Driving restrictions have been implemented by many governments to reduce these risks, with varying degrees of success. New research from Purdue University’s Timothy Moore finds that a ban on nighttime driving with multiple passengers more than halved crashes, casualties, and deaths targeted by the ban.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
According to work-life expert Ellen Ernst Kossek, the Krannert School’s Basil S. Turner Distinguished Professor of Management, the COVID-19 pandemic created a seismic disruption to work and nonwork boundaries, particularly among women. Both the popular press and scholarly research suggest that the coronavirus pandemic has set back women’s careers and gender equality a generation.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Balancing the impacts of public policy on people’s health and their wallets has become even more relevant since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders were widely implemented in the US to combat the spread of the virus, but their benefits came at costs to employment, earnings, and spending felt by millions of people.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
We are fascinated by happiness, that elusive life goal. Why are some people — and entire countries — happier than others? The results of happiness surveys are more than a favorite internet trending topic, however. According to a recent study co-authored by Tim Bond, an associate professor of economics at the Krannert School of Management and a faculty affiliate of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics, happiness scales could also have profound impact on public policy.