Do Soda Taxes Work? Not Unless Retailers Raise Prices

Monday, January 22, 2018
Harvard Business Review
Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Professors Steven Sexton and Bryan Bollinger (Fuqua) report findings from their research, which shows that a soda tax won't reduce consumption unless retailers pass along the added cost to their customers.

Faculty Research Featured in NBER Digest

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
NBER Digest
Each month, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) selects a handful of working papers to feature. The January 2018 Digest summarizes a paper co-authored by Professor Allan Collard-Wexler that estimates the extent to which market power is a source of oil production misallocation.

There's a Serious Proposal to Give Babies Born in the United States $20,000 (or More)

Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Washington Post
Based on their research, Professors William Darity, Jr. and Darrick Hamilton (New School) have proposed a new idea to solve wealth inequality in America: Give every newborn a "Baby Bond" account, which can range from $500 to $50,000 in cash.

Making Admissions More Efficient

Monday, January 8, 2018
American Economic Association
Economists helped New York City design its high school admissions process. In the December issue of the American Economic Review, Professor Atila Abdulkadiroglu and his MIT co-authors evaluate the matching system and say it's making students better off.

Students Who Hold Jobs During College Earn More Money After They Graduate

Thursday, January 4, 2018
Working part-time while in high school or college could have an impact on future wages, according to a new NBER working paper by Duke Economics professors V. Joseph Hotz and Arnaud Maurel, and alumni Jared Ashworth (Pepperdine University) and Tyler Ransom (University of Oklahoma).

Faculty, Grad Students Share New Research at 2018 AEA Conference

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Duke Department of Economics faculty and graduate students will be attending the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (AEA) on Jan. 5-7, and presenting or participating as chairs, co-authors, discussants, and panelists in 47 sessions. Additionally, Duke Economics Ph.D. job... Read More »

Should AI Decide Who Gets a Kidney?

Thursday, December 28, 2017
The Outline
Professor Vincent Conitzer, along with a team of researchers at Duke and the University of Maryland, have created a kidney exchange algorithm that attempts to reflect doctors' difficult decisions.

In Memoriam: Prominent Economist Allen C. Kelley Dies at Age 80

Monday, December 18, 2017
Allen C. Kelley, a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Economics, died Dec. 9 at the age of 80. Kelley was a prominent leader in the profession, and throughout his nearly 50 years as an economist — 38 of which were spent at Duke University — Kelley’s research and writing helped to transform the... Read More »

New Study Explores Link Between Childhood Violence, High School Completion

Friday, December 15, 2017
Duke Chronicle
A new study co-authored by Professor William Darity shows that being the victim of violence can have drastic effects on children's lives, including an increased likelihood of dropping out of high school. 

Supercharger or Super Wealth-Shifter? Few Promises for Wage Growth as Tax Bills Advance

Monday, December 11, 2017
The White House Council of Economic Advisors predicts that corporate tax cuts will increase average household incomes; however, Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato said that when corporate taxes are cut, "more than half of the benefit has gone to owners."