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Past Events

An important part of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics mission is the sharing of our research findings so they have an impact on the well-being of people and society.

PURCE regularly hosts informational events for the general public and also for select audiences, including lawmakers and fellow academics.

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Continue reading for a digest of past PURCE events.


The fall 2021-spring 2022 slate of our popular monthly policy talks, offered both in-person and virtually, featured:

PURCE Economic Policy Webinars

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 saw a shift to online events. Our popular luncheons became webinars, and we offered interactive virtual sessions on the following topics:

PURCE Economic Policy Luncheon Series

Our center hosts an Economic Policy Luncheon series featuring a faculty member presenting their latest research findings. Local business leaders, community members, elected officials, and fellow academics attend to discuss PURCE research area topics.

Past policy luncheons have featured these PURCE affiliates on these topics:

Starting fall 2020, these luncheons have evolved into monthly live webinars.

Information Sessions at the Indiana Statehouse

During the 2019-2020 Indiana State Government legislative session, PURCE, in partnership with the Purdue University Office of Government Relations, hosted intimate info sessions at the Indiana Statehouse for invited guests. Elected members of the Indiana House and Senate, heads of various state departments, and members of boards and lobbying groups attended the following sessions:

Attendees at these breakfast events were provided data and the latest research on policy topics important to them. A robust Q&A session and discussion followed each presentation.

Economic Ideas Forum

This annual conference offered a day of faculty presentations on policy topics and the effects of government policy. A nationally recognized policy scholar was invited to provide a keynote address. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we canceled our planned April 2020 Economic Ideas Forum.

April 2019

Our second annual Economic Ideas Forum brought together community, business and government leaders, students and faculty, and guest Dr. Doug Irwin for discussions on crucial economic topics.

The April 18, 2019, event began with PURCE donors and supporters gathering for a private lunch featuring a talk by Irwin, the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and the preeminent economic historian of U.S. trade and trade policy over the past 150 years.

Irwin then joined Economic Scholars Program students, who had read his most recent book, "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy," for a discussion.

The Forum continued with an afternoon of PURCE faculty sessions in Krannert's Rawls Hall, bringing guests into the classroom. Attendees could choose from one of three sessions offered in three time slots; topics included the opioid crisis; the real and financial effects of policy uncertainty; the unintended effects of regulation; discrimination in the labor market; inequality in the U.S.

We capped the day with an evening fireside chat and Q&A in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall, featuring Irwin, Dr. David Hummels; and Krannert Associate Dean David Schoorman. The three discussed trade policy and negotiations. The Fowler Hall event is available to view on Krannert's YouTube channel. 

Our Forum was made possible by the generous support of the Hugh and Judy Pence family.

April 2018

Our inaugural Economic Ideas Forum on April 19, 2018, brought to campus Nobel Prize winning American economist James Heckman. Dr. Heckman was the special guest at a private lunch featuring faculty presentations. The afternoon offered a panel discussion on early childhood development in the Krannert Auditorium, moderated by PURCE faculty affiliate and Head of Krannert's Economics Department, Dr. Justin Tobias.

In the evening, Dr. Heckman and David Hummels hosted a fireside chat, open to the public.