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Two Duke Students, One Alumnus, Among New Group of Schwarzman Scholars

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Duke Today
Two members of the Duke Economics community have been named Schwarzman Scholars, which provides for one year of study at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Senior Julian Keeley is an economics major pursuing a minor in philosophy with a focus on politics and economics; David Robertson... Read More »

Black-White Earnings Gap Returns to 1950 Levels

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Duke Today
After years of progress, the median earnings gap between black and white men has returned to what it was in 1950, according to new research by Professor Patrick Bayer and University of Chicago co-author Kerwin Kofi Charles. While salaries for upper-income black men have continued to climb... Read More »

In the Media: Black Wealth in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The Atlantic
Professor William Darity discusses the recent presidential election and whether or not President-elect Donald Trump's proposals for helping poor and middle-class Americans would extend to poor and middle-class black Americans.

Commentary: The U.S. Charter School Movement Should Learn From England's Academy System

Friday, November 11, 2016
Brookings Institution
In the 25 years charter schools have been a part of the U.S. public education system, they have become "major players in the public school landscape in major cities." In a post for the Brookings Institution, Professor Helen Ladd and co-author Edward Fiske say policymakers need to consider how... Read More »

Commentary: What's in a Line? (Duke University's "Glad You Asked")

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Duke University's "Glad You Asked"
State legislatures draw the boundaries for most Congressional districts, and the result is partisan gridlock, says Professor Connel Fullenkamp. Fullenkamp says it's time to take the politics out of redistricting by turning the job over to nonpartisan groups.

Commentary: Today's Artificial Intelligence Does Not Justify Basic Income

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
MIT Technology Review
Advances in artificial intelligence have raised concerns that most human labor will become obsolete, leading some to call for a universal basic income; however, Professor Vince Conitzer thinks otherwise. Read his piece on MIT Technology Review.

In the Media: Here's What Nobody Understands About Race in America (AlterNet)

Monday, October 31, 2016
AlterNet
With a group of colleagues, Professor William "Sandy" Darity has developed a framework for understanding the inequality problem, which he calls "stratification economics."

Ph.D. Candidate Kate Maxwell Koegel Named 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Doctoral candidate Kate Maxwell Koegel has been selected to receive the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship, an academic recognition program established by the Kauffman Foundation to advance entrepreneurship research. She is one of 20 students to receive the $20,000 stipend to support the completion... Read More »

What's Driving the Gender Pay Gap?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Duke Today
Women earn 17 percent less per week than men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a new podcast, Professor Elizabeth Ananat and fellow faculty members 'zero in' on key statistics driving the election debate.

In the Media: Cat Scam (NPR’s “Planet Money”)

Friday, October 14, 2016
NPR’s “Planet Money”
Professor Michael Munger discusses the emergence of internet middlemen who get people much more efficiently to goods and services on NPR's economics podcast, "Planet Money." 

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