Duke Economics Celebrates the Class of 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017
The Department of Economics recognized graduates of the class of 2017 at the its annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, May 14. This year members of the faculty presented diplomas to 16 Ph.D. graduates, 83 M.A. Economics graduates, nine M.S. Statistical and... Read More »

History of Economics Society Best Article Prize Becomes the “Craufurd Goodwin Best Article Prize”

Friday, May 12, 2017
The History of Economics Society (HES) has named its Best Article Prize the "Craufurd Goodwin Best Article Prize" in honor of Duke Economics Professor Craufurd Goodwin, who passed away on April 20. This change will be effective next month at the 2017 HES Conference in Toronto. “Interestingly... Read More »

In Memoriam: Allan H. Meltzer (B.A. '48)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University
Internationally renowned economist and Carnegie Mellon University Professor Allan H. Meltzer died on May 8. He was 89. As an undergraduate at Duke, Meltzer was active in civil rights and had a law career in mind, but he took a course in economics and was forever changed. 

In the Media: How Abnormal Was Comey's Firing?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The New York Times
“It is extremely unusual for a U.S. president to interfere with an investigation involving his own behaviors. It puts at risk checks and balances that are vital to the health of U.S. democracy,” said Professor Timur Kuran in reference to the firing of F.B.I. Director James B. Comey.

In the Media: Is the Trump Presidency Getting More Normal?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The New York Times
According to a panel of 13 experts, the Trump Administration's actions during the first 100 days were slightly more normal and somewhat less consequential. However, White House's act of granting secret waivers to staff members "is beyond the pale," said Professor Timur Kuran. 

Duke Conversations: Where Faculty and Students Meet Over Dinner

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Duke Today
From making the most of the college experience to global issues to favorite household pets, no topic is off the table at a Duke Conversations dinner. Professors Charles Becker and Connel Fullenkamp led dinners with Duke students in March and April.

Trinity College Honors Faculty, Staff for Teaching, Advising, and Leadership

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Duke Today
Winner of the only university teaching award selected by undergraduates, Professor Thomas Nechyba teaches both seminars and large introductory gateway courses. In all, students say, he makes them aware of his “undying commitment to his students.”

In the Media: Economists Send Trump, Congress a Letter: Immigration Strengthens the Economy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
News & Observer
Nearly 1,500 economists from across the country – including some from Duke Economics – sent a letter to President Donald Trump saying that immigration strengthens the economy. Signers of the letter include members of every administration since President Ronald Reagan.

In Memoriam: Craufurd Goodwin

Friday, April 21, 2017
Duke Today
Craufurd Goodwin, a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Economics who in more than 50 years at Duke helped shape the university’s course during the strife of the 1960s and made Duke a leader in the study of the history of economic thought and boosted the profile of The Graduate School, died... Read More »

Commentary: 2017's Greenest States

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Is there an inherent trade-off between protecting the environment and promoting economic growth? WalletHub asks Professor Billy Pizer to weigh in on the value of environmental protection as part of a new study on the "greenest" U.S. states.