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Roberto Lagos (M.A. '16) Named Honduras's Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Roberto Lagos (M.A. ’16) is no stranger to change. In the past three years, he has moved to the United States, earned a master’s degree in economics, and worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). And now, he has pivoted to a new role. After a quick visit home to Honduras last month,... Read More »

Megh Freeland Becomes First Back-to-Back Duke Econ Bracket Challenge Champ

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
On Monday night North Carolina beat Gonzaga to win a sixth national championship, effectively redeeming its three-point loss against Villanova last year. Stalwart Tar Heel fan Megh Freeland had two reasons to celebrate, as she became the first-ever two-time winner of the Duke Economics annual... Read More »

SSRI Director Tom Nechyba Surprised With Honor by Duke Alumni Association

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Social Science Research Institute
This morning, undergraduate Erin Brown surprised Social Science Research Institute Director Tom Nechyba with news he won the 2017 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. Sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association for more than three decades, this student-selected award honors a... Read More »

Equitable Growth in Conversation: An Interview With William Darity, Jr.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Professor William Darity, Jr. discusses the importance of stratification economics in understanding U.S. economic growth and inequality.

In the Media: Budget Efficiencies

Friday, March 24, 2017
VICE
Professor Gale Boyd comments in Vice on the proposed demise of the Energy Star program, which has saved consumers $362 billion. Boyd works with industrial plants to help develop benchmarking tools for the Energy Star program, using information that might be proprietary or otherwise not readily... Read More »

Commentary: Was the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bad for the U.S.? Experts Take Sides

Monday, March 20, 2017
WalletHub
Are you down with TPP? Or do you say, “Down with TPP”? The Trans-Pacific Partnership was a divisive proposed trade agreement, but was it bad for the United States? Professor Edward Tower weighs in on WalletHub.

In the Media: Gov Cooper's Budget Calls for Teacher Pay Raise

Monday, March 13, 2017
Duke Chronicle
Gov. Roy Cooper's new budget proposal places a heavy emphasis on education spending. Calling Cooper's plan reasonable, Professor Hugh Macartney said he is optimistic about the potential increase in teacher pay.

Macroeconomist Matthias Kehrig Joins Duke Econ Faculty

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Modern macroeconomists have begun to study how microeconomic units — specifically, consumers and firms — make decisions that can influence and shape macroeconomic outcomes. This trend emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s as microeconomic data and increased computational power have become more... Read More »

In the Media: A Taxing Problem for Investors

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
The Wall Street Journal
A corporate tax cut that could provide a big boost to profits, but investors are expecting too much from it. The Wall Street Journal cites a recent study co-authored by Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato which suggests that over time about one-third of the tax cut would end up going... Read More »

In the Media: Just How Abnormal is the Trump Presidency?

Friday, March 3, 2017
The New York Times
Of the 20 news events rated by a New York Times panel, President Trump’s order to close the nation’s borders to people from seven nations was considered the most important. Professor Timur Kuran says the order “violated the U.S. Constitution, and it has raised the danger of global war... Read More »

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