Research at Duke Economics

Our vision emphasizes the fact that we ultimately are more than the sum of our parts if we operate in a flourishing intellectual climate that fosters the integration of activities across disciplines and sub-disciplines, across theory and empirical work, across teaching and research and across units within the university and the larger Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Research Triangle.

The faculty's research interests are diverse and intellectually broad, but they overlap in unique ways across different sub-disciplines because of the shared interest in applying theoretically sound analysis to important applied research questions. Review a list of our faculty's research areas.

Research activities not only increasingly overlap with one another but also involve our graduate and undergraduate students to a greater extent each year. Graduate reading and lunch groups have proliferated, and a growing number of research-focused undergraduate seminars are offered.

ERID (Economics Research Initiatives at Duke) represents this broad research vision as it continually seeks to cast a wide net across typical fields and disciplines in coordinating conferences and its popular Young Economists Jamborees.

Other Centers and Institutes are either housed in the Economics Department or draw significant leadership from our faculty ranks.

Leading Top Junior Faculty

Department Chair Patrick Bayer leads a group of young professors who are thriving in the collegial and innovative culture at Duke. In the video below, listen to Pat discuss his research on the economic benefits of neighbor interaction.

  • Neighbors and Neighborhoods

Upcoming Workshops

Many events happen in and around the Economics Department at Duke. Visit the research seminars, workshops, and conferences pages for complete listings.

November 2014

  • November 04, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Katya Roshchina

      "Can Firms Benefit from Abundant Labor? Evidence from the Spillovers of Mass Layoffs in Brazil"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 111

  • November 07, 2014

    • Microeconometrics Lunch
    • Fu Ouyang

      "Semiparametric Estimators for Multinomial Discrete Choice Models with Exchangeable Disturbances"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 136

    • HOPE Workshop
    • "Recent Literature on the Scottish Enlightenment: A First Look"

      Maria Pagnelli (Trintiy University)

      3:30pm-5:00pm, Social Sciences 327

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
  • November 11, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Xiaomin Fu

      "Employer Learning and Statistical Discrimination with Time-Varying Signals: Theory and Application to Marriage"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 111

    • Public and IO Seminar Series
    • Henrik Jacobsen Kleven (LSE)

      "Parenthood and the Gender Gap: Evidence from Denmark (joint work with Camille Landais and Jakob Sgaard)"

      3:30pm - 5:00pm, Social Sciences 111

  • November 14, 2014

    • HOPE Lunch Seminar
    • Federico D'Onofrio (Yale University)

      "Visible hands:  God, the Sovereign, and Providence in Genovesi and the Italian Enlightenment"

      11:50am-1:00pm, Social Sciences 327

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
    • Microeconometrics Lunch
    • Shakeeb Khan

      "On the Informational Content of Special Regressors in Cross Sectional and Panel Data Discrete Response Models"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 136

    • HOPE Workshop
    • Adam Leeds (University of Pennsylvania)

      "Dreams in Cybernetic Fugue: Cold War Technoscience, the Intelligentsia, and the Birth of Soviet Mathematical Economics”

      3:30pm-5:00pm, Social Sciences 327

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
  • November 18, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Joshua Rasmussen/James Thomas

      "Education, Labor Force Participation, and Investment in Children of Mothers and the Effect of Greek Affiliation of Academic Performance"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 111

    • Public and IO Seminar Series
    • Nikhil Agarwal (MIT)

      "Demand Analysis Using Strategic Reports: An application to a School Choice Mechanism"

      3:30pm - 5:00pm, Social Sciences 111

  • November 25, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Brian Clark

      "Dynamic College Major Switching Costs"

      12:00pm - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 111

    • Research over lunch

Centers & Initiatives

Be sure to visit our centers and initiatives area if you are looking for an organization associated with the Department.

Working Papers

The Economics Department has two working paper series: the ERID working papers, which covers the most current research, and the department working papers, which has papers prior to 2010.

    • Tue Nov 26
    • 12th Annual Joint Industrial Organization Theory Conference
    • Scholars from around the country gathered at Fuqua School of Business last weekend for a conference focusing on theoretical work in industrial organization. It was the 12th in a series of annual conferences jointly sponsored by:

      • Columbia Business School 

      • Duke Economics

      • Duke Fuqua School of Business

      • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      • and the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization (CSIO) at Northwestern University.   

    • Fri Nov 22
    • Professor Wang's Research Spans Multiple Fields of Economics
    • "Duke really encourages collaboration between faculty in different fields, and I wanted to be a part of that," said new Professor and applied micro theorist Xiao Yu Wang. In her research, Wang focuses on how institutions emerge, how they interact with each other, and. . . 

    • Fri Nov 15
    • Middle East Expert Timur Kuran Sheds Light on Islamic Courts
    • “Islamic law has not been practiced for a century and a half,” explained Professor Timur Kuran, who analyzes the economic history of the Middle East. “This project allows English speakers to view Sharia courts in action, prior to modernizing reforms of the 19th century."   

    • Wed Oct 16
    • Ph.D. Student Ryan Brown Wins IPUMS-USA Research Award
    • 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. . . 

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