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.

September 2014

  • September 03, 2014

    • Fuqua Finance Seminar
    • Shengxing Zhang (LSE)

      "Collateral Risk, Repo Rollover and Shadow Banking"

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

  • September 09, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Marie Hull (Pre-Practice JMT)

      "Family Shocks and Academic Achievement"

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

    • Public and IO Seminar Series
    • Damon Jones (The Harris School, U of Chicago)

      "The Social Security Earnings Test and Retirement: Evidence and Implications"

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

  • September 10, 2014

    • Public/IO Lunch
    • Casey Wichman (Maryland)

      "Information Provision and Consumer Behavior: A Natural Experiment in Billing Frequency"

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

    • HOPE Lunch Seminar
    • Mary Morgan (LSE and University of Amsterdam)

      "Poverty Measures: Aggregating Up to Get Back Down Again"

      12:00-1:00pm, Social Sciences 327

      • Contact: Zemonek, Angela
    • Fuqua Finance Seminar
    • Johannes Stroebel (New York University)

      "Regulating Consumer Financial Products: Evidence from Credit Cards"

      1:30pm - 3:00pm, Fuqua Classroom G

  • September 11, 2014

    • SSRI-DuPRI Seminar Series
    • Jere Behrman (University of Pennsylvania)

      "Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty and Inequality: Parental Resources and Schooling Attainment and Children's Human Capital in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam"

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

  • September 23, 2014

    • Labor Lunch
    • Tyler Ransom (Pre-Practice JMT)

      "The Effect of Business Cycle Fluctuations on Migration Decisions"

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

  • September 24, 2014

    • Fuqua Finance Seminar
    • Adi Sunderam (Harvard University)

      "Fiscal Risk and the Portfolio of Government Programs"

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

    • Macro Lunch
    • Luciano Mauro (Universita di Trieste)

      "Decentralization and Growth: Do Social Capital and Rule of Law Matter?"

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

    • 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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