Department News

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

    • Mon May 16
    • Duke Economics Celebrates Class of 2016 Graduates
    • The Department of Economics recognized 17 graduates with a Ph.D., 68 graduates with a Master of Arts of Economics, 10 graduates with a Master of Science in Statistical and Economic Modeling, 7 graduates with a Master of Science in Economics and Computation, and 205 graduates with an economics major.

    • Fri Apr 8
    • Frank Sloan to Receive Victor R. Fuchs Award
    • Professor Frank Sloan is the 2016 recipient of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) Victor R. Fuchs Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Health Economics. He will be officially recognized with a plaque at the upcoming ASHEcon conference in June. 

    • Wed Apr 6
    • In the Media: 2016 College Women of the Year
    • Senior Suhani Jalota is a winner of Glamour magazine's top 10 college women competition. Jalota, an economics and global health major, plans to use her winnings to expand her start-up, Myna Mahila Foundation, to other countries.

    • Tue Apr 5
    • Megh Freeland Wins Duke Econ Bracket Challenge
    • SSRI Human Resources Manager Megh Freeland is the winner of Duke Economics' annual bracket challenge. Despite picking UNC to win it all, she secured a 10-point lead over the second place and bested 31 faculty, staff, and students.

    • Tue Mar 29
    • In the Media: A Plan to Stop the Pension Plan Rip-Off
    • Politics can play a role in how pension plans are managed, according to an op-ed for The Huffington Post. The author cites a recent study by Professor Ed Tower, which addresses the issue of whether the equities in the North Carolina state employee's pension fund should be indexed or actively managed.

    • Thu Mar 24
    • In the Media: Fudge-ocracy
    • What does a study about mayoral promotions in China say about the (in)accuracy of the country's GDP data? The latest episode of The Economist's podcast Money Talks features recent work by Duke Economics professors Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and Xiao Yu Wang and Shuang Zhang (University of Colorado Boulder).


Recent Faculty Books

Check out the following websites about books by our faculty.

    • Thu Jul 17
    • Weintraub Completes History of Equilibrium Project
    • 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. 


In Memoriam

    • Wed Oct 7
    • In Memoriam: Malcolm Gillis
    • 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). 

    • Thu Jun 18
    • In Memoriam: Don Rose
    • 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.

    • 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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