Bringing Economics Back into the Net Neutrality Debate

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In the latest installment of #BytesChat, a roundtable of economists, including Professor Michelle Connolly, discuss the use — and misuse — of economics at the Federal Communications Commission.

An FDA Drug Voucher Program Needs a Reboot

Monday, July 10, 2017
The Hill
Congress will be making changes to a priority review voucher program designed by Professors David Ridley and Jeffrey Moe to encourage drug development for neglected diseases. Ridley and Moe offer recommendations that they believe would better serve the people suffering from such diseases.

What's the Damage from Climate Change?

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Science Magazine
A team of researchers recently developed a new way to compute potential economic damages from climate change. Professor Billy Pizer says estimates such as these are important because they can improve cost-benefit analyses related to environmental regulations.

Energy Program on Chopping Block, But New Data Suggest It Works

Friday, June 30, 2017
Do energy efficiency “audits” really benefit companies over time? A team of Duke researchers, which includes Professor Gale Boyd, have been tackling this question as it applies to a long-running Department of Energy effort that is slated for elimination.

New Finance for Old (Technology) Problems? Saving the Planet With Better Cook Stoves

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Brookings Institution
Improved cook stoves lower emissions, cut firewood use, and reduce forest degradation, but the uptake of such stoves has been slow. Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak and Research Associate Lauren Masatsugu examine carbon financing as a way to increase sales.

Flawed Gun Data Lead to Wrong Conclusions, Researchers Say

Monday, June 26, 2017
Professor Philip Cook comments about the study he led debunking a claim of greatly improved trauma care for gunshot victims. "What is bizarre is that you see these patterns being reported as if they are gospel, and it just doesn't square," he said.

Alumni Spotlight: John B. Guerard (B.A. '75)

Friday, June 23, 2017
In just 25 years, alumnus John B. Guerard (B.A. '75) already has had a storied career as an academic, author, and financial economist. "John is one of our eminent Duke undergraduate alumni. He’s become highly respected in his profession and has published in top journals," said... Read More »

How Factory Closures Doom the Next Generation

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Atlantic
Widespread job loss can create financial and emotional stress that prevents children from attending college. The Atlantic covers a Duke study by Professors Elizabeth Ananat, Anna Gassman-Pines and Christina Gibson-Davis, with a colleague at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Q&A: Helen F. Ladd and Philip J. Cook on Policy

Monday, June 19, 2017
Duke Magazine
The Sanford School has two prominent retirements this summer: Helen Ladd, whose research focuses on the economics of education, and Philip J. Cook, whose recent research has focused on the economics of crime. 

How Schools, Parents and Organizations Are Trying to Close the Achievement Gap

Monday, June 12, 2017
NPR's '1A'
The achievement gap between white students and students of color is narrowing. What will it take to close it for good? Professor William Darity, Jr. offers insights.