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.

October 2014

  • October 02, 2014

    • SSRI-DuPRI Seminar Series
    • Mark Montgomery (Population Council)

      "The Demography of Natural disasters: What Can We Learn from DesInventar?"

      3:30pm - 5:00pm, Gross Hall 103

    • Johnson Lecture Series
    • H. Spencer Banzhaf (Georgia State University)

      "Environmental Economics and Christian Ethics"

      5:00pm - 6:00pm, Field Auditorium, Environment Hall

      • Contact: See description
      • Cost: Free and open to the Duke community and general public.
  • October 08, 2014

    • Fuqua Finance Seminar
    • Lars A. Lochstoer (Columbia University)

      "Asset Pricing when 'This Time is Different' "

      10:30am - 12:00pm, R.J. Reynolds Auditorium

    • ERID/ Macro Visitor
    • * CANCELED *

      Paul Gaggl (UNCC)

      "The Substitution of ICT Capital for Routine Labor: Transitional Dynamics and Long-Run Implications"

      1:15pm - 2:45pm, Social Sciences 113

    • Public/IO Lunch
    • Nicolas-Aldebrando Benelli

      "Estimating Networks in Continuous Time: Exploring Large State-Space Issues"

      11:45am - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 111

    • ERID Visitor
    • * CANCELED *

      Paul Gaggl (UNCC)

      "Labor Market Polarization"

      3:00pm - 5:30pm, Social Sciences 113

    • Labor and Development Seminar Series
    • Chang-Tai Hsieh (University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

      "Crony Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics (joint with Chong-En Bai and Zheng (Michael) Song)"

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

  • October 09, 2014

    • SSRI-DuPRI Seminar Series
    • Ken Smith (University of Utah)

      "Big and Small, Early and Late: A Family-Based Study of the Health Effects of Preterm Births and Birthweight"

      3:30pm - 5:00pm, Gross Hall 103

  • October 10, 2014

    • HOPE Lunch Seminar
    • Scott Scheall (George Mason University)

      "Hayek’s Liberalisms: The Limits of Human Knowledge and their Consequences for Economic, Political, and Scientific Freedom"

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

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
    • HOPE Workshop
    • Jeremy Shearmur (Australian National University)

      "Lunching for Liberty:  England's Institute of Economic Affairs and the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere"

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

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
  • October 14, 2014

  • October 24, 2014

    • Microeconometrics Lunch
    • Danyang Su

      "Carneiro, Hansen, and Heckman (2003) 'Estimating Distributions of Treatment Effects with an Application to the Returns to Schooling and Measurement of the Effects of Uncertainty on College Choice'', International Economic Review"

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

  • October 28, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Tyler Ransom (Practice JMT)

      "The Effect of Business Cycle Fluctuations on Migration Decisions"

      11:30am - 1:00pm, Social Sciences 113

    • Public and IO Seminar Series
    • Nathan Hendren (Harvard University)

      "The Inequality Deflator: Interpersonal Comparisons without a Social Welfare Function"

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

  • October 29, 2014

    • Fuqua Finance Seminar
    • Gregor Matvos (UChicago)

      "Desposit Competition and Financial Fragility: Evidence from the U.S. Banking Sector"

      10:30am - 12:00pm, R. J. Reynolds Auditorium

    • Public/IO Lunch
    • Tim Schwuchow (Practice JMT)

      "Do Campaign Contributions Influence Voters or Candidates?"

      11:30am - 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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