Below you'll find the department's most recent news stories. Also be sure to check the news archive for older stories.
Jeff Spross, economics and business correspondent for The Week, compiles a list of advisors and agency heads for a potential Clinton Administration that includes Professor William Darity.
Orientation Week began Monday for incoming Duke Economics master’s students, with the department’s welcome session marking the first of several events organized specifically with the new students in mind.
Professor Allan Collard-Wexler on what the debate gets wrong about the industry.
On Monday, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would put the nation’s coal miners and steel workers back go work. But trade and regulation had very little to do with the decline of American steel industry jobs, Professor Allan Collard-Wexler explained to NPR’s Marketplace.
How does Islam affect economic development? What will become of Turkey after the failed military coup? Professor Timur Kuran answers those questions and more in a Q&A with German newspaper Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung.
As summer winds down, things here at the Department of Economics are just getting started. On Monday the Social Sciences Building opened its doors to the first batch of incoming Blue Devils: 27 Ph.D. students — five women and 22 men from all over the world.
The average height for U.S. adults stopped increasing about 20 years ago, and the United States now lags behind other countries in height. John Komlos, a visiting professor who teaches a course on economics and human biology, says there could be several reasons for the stagnation.
Professor Allan Collard-Wexler and co-author Jan de Loecker (Princeton) have written an article for Microeconomic Insights about the productivity impact of new technology within an industry.
A federal job guarantee would reduce the impact of the next recession, “enabling all households to maintain a minimum standard of decent living,” writes Sanford School and Department of Economics professor William “Sandy” Darity in the New York Times.
Arabs have "substantially less trust in strangers, foreign or domestic" than Europeans do, and it's hampering their progress, writes Professor Timur Kuran in an op-ed for Project Syndicate. Kuran believes a first step toward addressing this trust deficit is to understand its causes.
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American journalist Walter Lippmann corresponded with many leading economic thinkers of the 20th century, but he has never been perceived to be an economist himself – until now. Goodwin's new book presents Lippmann in a different light: as a public economist.
Students of economic theory may be familiar with Arrow-Debreu’s model of general equilibrium, but they likely have not given much thought to its history. Professor Weintraub has published a new book on three economists’ quests to prove the existence of competitive equilibrium.
Malcolm Gillis, the sixth president of Rice University, died Oct. 4 at age 74. He previously served at Duke University as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences (1991-1993), dean of the graduate school and vice provost for academic affairs (1986-1991), and professor in the Department of Economics (1967-1969, 1984-1993).
The Duke University Department of Computer Science and members of the broader Duke community mourn the loss of Professor Donald J. Rose. Rose was an important proponent of interdisciplinary study at Duke and was the original inspiration for and driving force behind the MSEC program.
Duke alumnus Thomas Borcherding (Ph.D. ‘66) passed away on February 12, 2014. He was 74. Professor Ed Tower, a colleague and friend of Borcherding, shared some thoughts recently on his life and work.
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.
"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.
“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.”
"Juanita Kreps was a pioneer in advancing the roles of women at Duke and in other areas as well. For example, her monumental successes in helping to open China during the Carter years represented a turning point in U.S. and Chinese economic relations."