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The Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) hosts a number of events each year that highlight our faculty, their research, and the research's ability to help community groups, businesses, and government address economic challenges. The center also hosts visitors to campus for lectures and more intimate conversations; many events are open to the public while some are reserved for students or PURCE partners and supporters.

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Economic Policy Luncheons

PURCE invites community, business and government leaders to our next monthly economic policy luncheon, which includes a faculty talk, catered lunch, networking, and Q&A.

Join us for:

Measuring Crime
with Dr. Jillian Carr, Associate Professor of Economics

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern
Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Rawls Hall, 3rd Floor Commons
100 S. Grant Street
Purdue’s West Lafayette campus

When we say that crime is going up, what does that really mean? Crime, when done effectively, isn’t observed, so how do we know if it is going up or down?

carr.jpgCarr will discuss the different statistics that we can use to measure crime, how they capture different phenomena, and how they can be used and abused to justify policy decisions.

Carr researches the economics of crime and poverty. She has published research papers that examine the link between SNAP disbursement schedules and domestic violence; on the effects of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders on domestic violence; and on the relationship between juvenile curfews and urban gun violence. She’s currently studying, among other topics, the impacts of stimulus payments on crime.

Space is limited for our luncheons and registration is required. Please register here by Wednesday, September 27

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Past PURCE Events

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