Centers & Initiatives 

At Duke Economics, we believe that research should focus on the question, not the particular sub-field or the methodology. Our centers and initiatives strive to advance and support economic research as well as promote and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

EcoTeach Center

Founded in 2001, the Economics Center for Teaching (EcoTeach) coordinates the instructional needs of the department. Supporting both the largest undergraduate major at Duke as well as a growing graduate student population, EcoTeach oversees course scheduling, academic advising, graduate student recruiting, and Ph.D. job placement. EcoTeach also administers an Undergraduate Research Initiative, aimed at increasing undergraduate participation in our vibrant research community, and the Johnson Distinguished Lecturer Series, which brings financial and political insiders to campus to discuss relevant topics in economics with undergraduates.


Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) represents our broad research vision to establish Duke Economics as a prominent leader for cutting-edge economic research. ERID seeks to cast a wide net across typical fields and disciplines in coordinating a visiting lecturer program and sponsoring conferences such as its popular Young Economists Jamborees.


The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE), established in 2010, has a global, interdisciplinary approach to issues and applications of finance in today's world, with an eye to both educational and career opportunities. The DFE's goals are to broaden the range of finance courses and research opportunities offered to Duke students, to continue to hire world-renowned faculty in financial economics and to increase opportunities for active engagement between Duke students, faculty and alumni. Most recently, the DFE helped create the Personal Finance at Duke website, designed to provide students and young alumni the skills to manage money well and make informed financial decisions.

HOPE Center

The Duke Center for the History of Political Economy (HOPE) is an interdisciplinary effort supporting research and scholarship in the history of economics. While its home is in the Department of Economics, the center draws intellectual vitality from scholarship in related fields such as political science, philosophy, history of science, and intellectual history more broadly. The HOPE Center sponsors visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows working on the history of political economy, as well as conferences and lecture series.

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