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Kevin Mumford

Kevin Mumford

Professor of Economics
Kozuch Director, Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE)


Ph.D. Economics, Stanford University
M.A. Economics, Stanford University
B.A. Economics, Brigham Young University


Kevin Mumford is a Professor in the Department of Economics and is the Kozuch Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE). He is also currently serving as Co-Chair of the Daniels School of Business Transition Steering Committee (website). Professor Mumford’s research focuses on the evaluation of public policy in the areas of education, taxation, labor market regulation, and personal finance as well as the role of human capital in measuring national wealth. He has published research articles in many of the top economics journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and the Journal of Econometrics and he has received research grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Kinley Trust. At Purdue, Professor Mumford teaches courses in applied econometrics at the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. levels. He was previously the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Economics (2015-2018), Faculty Advisor for the Economics Honors Society (2007-2018), and Faculty Advisor for the Purdue Econ Club (2007-2014).

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Working Papers

  • Mumford, Kevin J., Rich Patterson, and Anthony Yim (2023). "College Course Shutouts."
  • Batistich, Mary Kate, Timmothy N. Bond, Sebastian Linde, and Kevin J. Mumford (2023). "Statistical Discrimination and Optimal Mismatch in College Major Selection."
  • Mumford, Kevin J. (2023). "Student Selection into an Income Share Agreement." | Download |
  • Bond, Timothy N. & Kevin J. Mumford (2018). "Teacher Performance Pay in the United States: Incidence and Adult Outcomes." | Related Website | Download |
  • Mumford, Kevin J. & Katie Schultz (2015). "The Effect of Underwater Mortgages on Unemployment." | Download |
  • Manchester, Colleen Flaherty & Kevin J. Mumford (2013). "How Costly is Welfare Stigma? Separating Psychological Costs from Time Costs." | Download |

Phone: (765) 496-6773
Office: KRAN 311

Quick links

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Area(s) of Expertise

Data Analytics, Econometrics, Economics, Economics Education, Labor, Public Economics, Public Finance, Public Policy, Quantitative Analysis, Sustainability, Taxation