Research at Duke Economics

Duke Economics is a department focused on a distinctive intellectual vision of the discipline: one that combines methodological rigor with intellectual breadth and diversity — and an insistence on real-world relevance. Our faculty and students 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.

"Today, we can and have to produce better answers to social problems by gathering knowledge and methodology from various branches. This type of interdisciplinary research is itself revolutionary in the social sciences. The same is true even within a single branch, in particular in economics. Various fields have developed different knowledge and methodologies with various strengths and weaknesses. It is easier and more urgent to bring together these various fields within economics (and other branches) in answering social and economic problems."

Atila Abudlkadiroglu


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. 

Faculty-Student Interaction

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.

Research Initiatives

Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID) represents our broad research vision to establish Duke Economics as a prominent leader for cutting-edge economic research. ERID seeks to cast a wide net across typical fields and disciplines in coordinating a visiting lecture program and sponsoring conferences such as its popular Young Economists Jamborees.

Working Papers

The ERID Working Paper Series, hosted on the Social Science Research Network, is the active working paper series for Duke Economics.