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Research Highlights

Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) research focus areas include competition, crime, education, fiscal policy, health, innovation, market solutions, monetary policy, regulation, state policies, trade, and work.

Below, please find recent research stories highlighting the work of our faculty affiliates.

  • Theory of Mind research

    New Framework Shows How Theory-Of-Mind Ability in Childhood Affects Adult Outcomes

    Tuesday, September 19, 2023

    Understanding the relationship between childhood cognitive skills and adult outcomes has important implications for policymakers, educators, and even parents who strive to get their kids through school well-prepared to launch a successful career

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  • Airbnb

    Short-Term Rentals Make Housing Less Affordable

    Thursday, February 2, 2023

    The rapid expansion of short-term rental platforms (or STRs) has raised concerns among legislators seeking to regulate companies like Airbnb, a leading online hosting platform at the forefront of conversations surrounding the short-term rental market.

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  • Cocaine

    Deadly Gap: Research Examines Disparity in Murder Rate Among Young Black Males

    Thursday, December 8, 2022

    The murder rate for one demographic group saw sharp increases throughout the 1980s and remained higher than other demographic groups that experienced long-term declines in their murder rates.

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  • vegetables

    Timing of Benefit Distribution has Major Effect on Crime

    Wednesday, November 30, 2022

    Researchers focus on policies that change the timing of benefit distribution in order to estimate the effects of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, receipt on crime.

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  • airplane

    New Research Predicts Post-Merger Airline Behavior

    Monday, November 7, 2022

    In the airline industry, anticompetitive mergers can lead to higher ticket prices. This is especially true when the newly joined airlines are the only nonstop carriers along a route.

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