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.
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.