Below you'll find the department's most recent news stories. Also be sure to check the news archive for older stories.
Duke University held its 161st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday morning, May 12, at Wallace Wade Stadium. Immediately following the main Duke ceremony, the Department of Economics held its Graduation Recognition Ceremony in Cameron Indoor.
The 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, George Akerlof of the University of California at Berkeley, will visit the Department of Economics this week. Akerlof will give a lecture on April 25 at 4:30pm in Gross Hall 107.
The Honors Program will hold two events this week 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 our youngest researchers.
The 2013 History of Political Economy (HOPE) conference will have as its general subject "MIT and the Transformation of American Economics." The archival collections in the Economists Papers Project of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, of MIT economists Paul Samuelson, Robert Solow, Franco Modigliani, Evsey Domar, and Franklin Fisher present an unusually rich source for scholars to examine in order to address the topic.
Professor Andrew Patton’s research on hedge funds has been attracting significant attention recently. His working paper "Change You Can Believe In? Hedge Fund Data Revisions" takes a careful look at the performance disclosures offered by hedge funds.
To most people, the U.S. Census Bureau is simply the government office that, every ten years, counts the number of people who live in the U.S. But to many researchers at Duke University, the Census Bureau is a rich source of demographic and economic data . . .
On April 12, a symposium on neuroeconomics will be held on Duke's campus. This symposium is sponsored by Duke's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory. It is open to all students and the public. The goal of the symposium is to contextualize, both historically and in terms of science studies methodologies, the models of the “brain” and of “economics” that underwrite the recent emergence of “Neuroeconomics.” The schedule of speakers . . . .
"My goal is to provide support from start-to-finish for faculty who want to apply for grants," explained new staffer Rick Sisson. "My broad experience with federal funding and compliance make me well prepared for the challenges of obtaining sponsored funding for research."
This Labor Day weekend, members of the Department of Economics will be at the Burningman Festival in the Nevada desert of the U.S. The purpose of the trip will be to study the economics of the unique event.Professor Ed Tower, a previous “burner” as attendees are called, will lead the group of economists and students on this adventure. The research trip will be sponsored by ERID. “The gift economy of Burningman is really something,”
Professor Attila Ambrus recently had new research accepted to two top economics journals, the American Economic Review (AER) and Econometrica. Learn more about this research and other projects that Ambrus is pursuing.