About the Department

As one of the nation's top programs, our department is broadly focused on econometrics, micro and macroeconomic theory, and applied economics, with distinctive collaborations across these boundaries.

Faculty research encompasses the broad fields of finance, international trade, development, public sector studies, law, business and monetary economics, with specialized scholarship focused on environmental and ecological economics, cultural, agricultural and natural resource economics, education, racial inequality, and labor and economic demography.

We are home to about 700 undergraduate students, making economics one of the most popular majors on campus, and our graduate programs have about 220 students working toward a master's degree or Ph.D. Both students and faculty are supported by a helpful and caring staff, who are dedicated to the department's success.


Our undergraduate offerings help students develop the critical and analytical skills essential for understanding economics and institutions, in both their contemporary and historical settings. Our program includes three majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Finance Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

We also offer minors in both Economics and Finance.

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Master's Programs

Our four distinct Master’s Programs include rigorous curriculums, flexibility, and the opportunity to explore other departments and schools in one of the nation’s top research universities. Each program is tailored to meet your professional goals – whether that’s applied research in academia, industry, or government; applied research in financial markets; financial analysis; or pursuit of your doctorate.

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Ph.D. Program

We offer a world-class doctoral program in economics, featuring a vibrant faculty of exceptional scholars and teachers along with superior research facilities. Our faculty is dedicated to anchoring all teaching and research firmly in the core disciplines of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The first year of the program lays the critical foundation necessary for later work in field courses and dissertation-level research.

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Our Research

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.

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Faculty Publications

Dix-Carneiro, R; Pessoa, JP; Reyes-Heroles, R; Traiberman, S
Ambrus, A; Baranovskyi, V; Kolb, A
Arcidiacono, P; Joseph Hotz, V; Maurel, A; Romano, T
Bollerslev, T; Li, J; Patton, AJ; Quaedvlieg, R
D'Haultfœuille, X; Maurel, A; Qiu, X; Zhang, Y
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Graduate Program National Ranking*
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Best Econ Colleges for Undergraduates**
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Graduate and Undergraduate Enrollment

* 2022 Ranking of Top Graduate Schools for Economics, US News & World Report
** 2021 Best Colleges for Economics, College Factual 

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Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE)

The DFE has a global, interdisciplinary approach to issues and applications of finance in today's world, with an eye to both educational and career opportunities. The DFE's goals are to broaden the range of finance courses and research opportunities offered to Duke students, to continue hiring world-renowned faculty in financial economics, and to increase options for active engagement between Duke students, faculty, and alumni.

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