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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 welcomes community, business and government leaders, and academic peers to monthly economic policy luncheons, which include a faculty talk, catered lunch, networking and Q&A.

Our March economic policy luncheon features a faculty talk on the way we pay for things. Register for:

The Changing Nature and Role of Payment Systems
with Cathy Zhang
Associate Professor of Economics

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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

cathy-zhang.jpgPayment systems — the way we pay for things — are a key component of an economy's infrastructure and serve a crucial role in facilitating trade and supporting growth. Growing global interconnectedness further underscores the importance of international payment systems. However, tensions inherently arise within payment systems due to their dual role in supporting trade while also being subject to government influence for policy objectives.

Dr. Cathy Zhang will highlight some key stylized facts about modern payment systems and discuss some new challenges faced by policymakers, including how the use of the U.S. dollar as a policy tool has renewed efforts to replace the dollar with other currencies such as Chinese renminbi or cryptocurrency.

Zhang is an associate professor of economics in the Daniels School whose research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics and international economics. 

Space is limited for our luncheons and registration is required. Please register here by Friday, March 15.

We look forward to seeing you in Rawls Hall!

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Past PURCE Events

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