One of the aspects I find attractive about the Duke program is that graduate students are given the opportunity to get involved in research early in their career; the department supports this through the allocation of numerous research assistant positions. - Christoph Bauner, (Ph.D., 2011)
Duke University offers a world-class doctoral program in Economics, featuring a vibrant faculty of exceptional scholars and teachers along with superior research facilities. The faculty is dedicated to anchoring all teaching and research firmly in the core disciplines of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The first year of the program lays the critical foundation necessary for later work in field courses and dissertation-level research.
The Department of Economics has 17 Ph.D. students who will graduate this year. Specialities of this group include macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, econometrics, financial economics, labor economics, development economics, environmental economics, and industrial organization.
One of the great contributors to the intellectual life of the Department of Economics is the Economic Research Initiative at Duke (ERID). Its successful Visitors Program has allowed faculty to bring top experts to give lectures and meet with graduate students.
“Everyone here is really active in their research,” said new Duke Economics faculty member and decision theorist Todd Sarver. “The collegial environment really fosters collaboration, making this a great intellectual setting.”
This past summer economics Ph.D. student Ryan Brown received the Minnesota Population Center's 2012 IPUMS-USA Research Award for the "best published or unpublished work by a graduate student." Brown is an economics doctoral candidate in the Duke Population. . .
“This is really one of the first workshops to bring well-known and distinguished experts on China together,” said one of the organizers, Professor Daniel Xu. “It was of value even for the presenters themselves, who rarely get to interact face to face with each other."
"Many people here think about social interactions and networks," said new faculty member and econometrician Matthew Masten. "The whole economics department is very collegial, and I'm happy to be in a place where we can build on each other's ideas."
"During the past 10 years, Duke Economics has expanded its strength in many fields," said Cornell Professor Shanjun Li (Ph.D. '07). "I benefited from the growth while there, and I am glad to see that Duke has continued to be aggressive in hiring top researchers."