Most Recent Department News Stories

Below you'll find the department's most recent news stories. Also be sure to check the news archive for older stories. 

    • Thu Jun 19
    • Vincent Conitzer Receives Social Choice and Welfare Prize
    • Professor Contizer has been awarded the Social Choice and Welfare Prize for his contributions in the field of computational social choice. “The list of previous winners includes some extremely accomplished people, and I feel very honored to be included in that list."

    • Fri May 30
    • Distinguished Alumni Award Given to Dr. Evelyn F. Murphy
    • Dr. Evelyn F. Murphy, the first woman to hold constitutional office in Massachusetts, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Duke Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Since earning her PhD in 1965, she has received eleven honorary degrees and more than. . . 

    • Wed May 21
    • ERID Conference Brings Together Macroeconomics and Finance
    • “The goal of this ERID conference was to connect macroeconomists who think about finance with finance experts whose work is relevant for macroeconomics,” said organizer Professor Craig Burnside. “This is all in an effort to get finance people to do better macro, and get macro people to do better finance.”  

    • Mon May 12
    • The Class of 2014 Graduates
    • The Department of Economics recognized 17 graduates with a Ph.D., 70 graduates with a Master of Arts or Master of Science in Statistical and Economic Modeling, and approximately 230 graduates with an economics major.  

    • Mon Apr 28
    • Ph.D. Student Taylor Wins Industrial Organization Society Award
    • Graduating Ph.D. student Taylor has been awarded the “Best Rising Star Paper Prize” by the Industrial Organization Society. The IOS committee reviewed 126 submissions before selecting Taylor as the winner. Taylor’s paper, “Patent Breadth versus Length: An Examination. . .   

    • Thu Apr 3
    • 2014 Honors Program Research Events
    • The Honors Program will hold two upcoming events to showcase the research of some of our top undergraduates in the Department of Economics. All faculty and students are welcome to join in these activities to discuss new work on many different topics and to support. . .

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In the Media

Here are some popular news stories in which our faculty were highlighted:

Arnaud Maurel in TIME -- "Attention Grads: Being Overeducated for Your First Job Can Hurt Your Career" 

Henry Grabowski's Op-Ed in The Hill -- "Regs and Costs Will Bring A Decade of Limited Biosimilars Development in the US"

Timur Kuran's Op-Ed in Project Syndicate -- "Turkey's Electoral Dictatorship"

Chris Timmins in The Economist – “Buyer Beware” 
 
Joe Hotz’s Op-Ed in Slate – “Why First-Born Kids Do Better in School”
 
 

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News of Recent Passings

    • Fri May 6
    • Staff Member Catherine (Kate) Anderson Passes
    • Long-time Duke employee, Catherine (Kate) Anderson, passed away on April 24, surrounded by her family after a long illness. Kate worked in the Department of Economics for 12 years as Staff Assistant to Professors Henry Grabowski and George Tauchen and then provided support for the Graduate Student program and Thomas Nechyba when he was Chair. 

    • Wed Jan 19
    • Former Dept. Chair, Chancellor, Provost John Blackburn Passes
    • "It was Blackburn who saw the department, and then the university, through its demographic transition, and put it on track for ‘excellence,'" said Professor Roy Weintraub. "It was quite an accomplishment." During his long tenure at the university, Blackburn helped raise the stature of both Duke and the department.

    • Wed Oct 27
    • Professor Emeritus John Vernon Passed Away This Week
    • “John contributed his unique insights, enthusiasm and determination, and it was my good fortune to work with him on many interesting economic issues and policy problems," said friend and colleague Professor Henry Grabowski. "He will be remembered as an honest and compassionate colleague who was thoroughly devoted to the Department of Economics and his students for more than four decades at Duke.”

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