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Lindsay Relihan

Lindsay Relihan

Assistant Professor of Economics


Lindsay Relihan is an Assistant Professor of Economics and part of the Dean V. White Real Estate Finance Program at Purdue University's Mitchell E. Daniels School of Business.  She comes to Purdue from the London School of Economics.  She earned her PhD at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  

Her research focuses on understanding how the spatial distribution of firms and consumers shape their interactions in local consumer and credit markets. "In my research, I explore spatial dynamics by developing economic models that illustrate the key mechanisms of interest and motivate empirical strategies that I take to data. I explore them by combining economic models with big data to provide new insights into the functioning of local markets. One major theme focuses on the implications of the rise of online retail for consumer and producer welfare and the future of cities. A second major theme deals with spatial effects in residential and commercial mortgage markets."

Her philosophy for teaching is: "I think the most valuable skill economics and finance professors can develop in their students, regardless of their future in a related field, is an ability to think critically about the incentives and systemic forces that lead to individual actions and outcomes. Understanding such dynamics can lead to better diagnosis and action to address important problems at every scale, from filling out a mortgage application to voting on a school redistricting plan to supporting changes in immigration policy. Thus, I hope my students will be better participants in civic society and not just subject to the forces around them." 

  • Redefining Retail and Disrupting Downtowns

    New research by Purdue economist Lindsay Relihan indicates that the popularization of remote work is physically altering the economic landscape of downtowns. The increasing ability to work from anywhere impacts where people choose to shop, live and do business.

    Full story: Redefining Retail and Disrupting Downtowns

  • Podcast features Daniels School real estate expert on impact of WFH

    Adding her expertise and new research to the ongoing discussion about how we live today, Daniels School of Business Assistant Professor of Economics Lindsay Relihan appeared on “Densely Speaking,” a podcast that offers conversations on cities, economics and law.

    Full story: Podcast features Daniels School real estate expert on impact of WFH

  • Purdue Expert: Online Shopping
    Lindsay Relihan is an assistant professor of economics in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business at Purdue University. In this video, she explains how the continued growth of online shopping is impacting physical storefronts.

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