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Commentary: The Dangers of Safety Equipment

Monday, January 9, 2017
New York Times
Does more equipment lead to more injuries in football? Professor Michael Munger cites the Peltzman effect, after the economist Sam Peltzman, which suggests that the feeling of safety can lead to an increase in risky behavior.  

Faculty, Grad Students Share Research at 2017 AEA Conference

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Duke Department of Economics faculty and graduate students will be attending the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (AEA) on Jan. 6-8, and presenting or participating as chairs, co-authors, discussants, or panelists in more than 35 events. Additionally, Duke Economics Ph.D.... Read More »

Professor Adam Rosen Brings Microeconometrics Expertise to Duke Econ

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
How can we use data to answer questions and draw conclusions about the world around us, and in particular on the behavior of economic agents? What can we conclude for example about how individuals’ purchasing decisions will respond to changes in prices or tax rates? Who will be most affected and... Read More »

New Research from Professor Patrick Bayer Examines Black-White Earnings Gap

Monday, December 12, 2016
A new working paper from Professor Patrick Bayer and co-author Kerwin Kofi Charles (University of Chicago) could change the way economists study and understand racial earnings inequality. “Divergent Paths: Structural Change, Economic Rank, and the Evolution of Black-White Earnings Differences,... Read More »

In the Media: Why Erdogan Wears the 'Dictator' Label With Pride

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Al Monitor
Professor Timur Kuran says many of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters admire him for the strength he projects. “They infer that he will not accept unreasonable foreign demands or easily fall under the control of dark internal forces.”

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.

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