Below you'll find the department's most recent news stories. Also be sure to check the news archive for older stories.
No one worries about vaccine supply — until there's a shortage. New research from Professor David Ridley studied the market tensions that can keep manufacturers out of the business and the price points needed to entice them in.
After Hurricane Katrina destroyed many schools in New Orleans, Louisiana undertook one of the country’s largest school-choice schemes. But the school vouchers that were meant to benefit disadvantaged students seem to be doing the opposite, according to a new paper by Professor Abdulkadiroglu and his co-authors.
The Duke Financial Economics Center is excited to host three finance competitions for undergraduates this semester: the PEAK6 Business Strategy Competition in March, and the Morgan Stanley Equity Research Competition and the Deutsche Bank Finance Game Show in April.
Helen Ladd, professor of public policy studies and economics, explains that the North Carolina charter schools have always been racially imbalanced and that it’s only gotten worse. More than two-thirds of charter school students attend schools that are either predominantly minority or predominantly white, according to a report she co-authored.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, WalletHub identified which U.S. states have made the biggest strides in the name of equality and integration. Professor William Darity, Jr. provided expert commentary for the report.
Professors Peter Arcidiacono, Charles Clotfelter, and Helen Ladd were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 6.
How much would U.S. aggregate economic output change if taxes were harmonized? Professor Suárez Serrato and his co-authors present evidence suggesting that doing so could significantly increase U.S. GDP.
Duke Economics faculty and graduate students will be presenting their new research at the 2016 AEA conference on Jan. 3-5. Our Ph.D. job market candidates also have interviews scheduled throughout the three-day meeting in San Francisco.
In a working paper they first released in May, Ph.D. students Matt Panhans and John Singleton sought to understand the shift toward empirical studies in economic research by examining the rise of quasi-experimental methods. Their research was a hit on SSRN and lit up the economics blogosphere.
John McWhorter defends Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's recent comments on black students, citing research by Professors Peter Arcidiacono and Joseph Hotz, with alumnus Esteban Aucejo, on undergraduate graduation rates for minority students in the STEM fields.
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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."