Below you'll find the department's most recent news stories. Also be sure to check the news archive for older stories.
Each month, the NBER selects a handful of working papers to feature in its Digest. The research being done by Professor Patrick Bayer has been highlighted in the latest issue of the publication.
A new WalletHub study assesses public spending in 78 American cities, examining key expenditure categories such as education, law enforcement, and parks and recreation. Professor Michael Munger offered expert commentary, noting that "from an efficiency perspective, American cities are a mess."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Duke Financial Economics Center is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 DFE Leadership Award: seniors Jenna Garand and Diana Lam.
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).
Professor Tim Bollerslev has been named a fellow of the Society for Economic Measurement. He is one of three nominees to be elected this year, joining a group that includes more than 30 Nobel laureates.
"Evidently the silent masses had grown enough and were sufficiently angry to enable candidates addressing their concerns credibly to succeed where earlier authenticity candidates failed," Professor Timur Kuran comments on the convulsion in U.S. politics in a new piece for Cato Unbound.
Check out the following websites about books by our faculty.
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."