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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many sectors of the US economy. Businesses have failed and many Americans are struggling to feed their families and pay the rent. But there are glimmers of hope, perhaps including a much-discussed, though still uncertain second federal stimulus package under consideration in Washington, D.C. On Thursday, three Duke experts discussed the myriad ways American families and businesses are being impacted by the pandemic, as well as ways they can be helped. Watch the briefing on… read more about Stimulus One of Few Options to Help Households, Businesses Survive, Experts Say »

New research by professor Connel Fullenkamp and co-authors examines how African elephants fight climate change, and what that is worth. Read More read more about The Secret Work of Elephants »

Professor Genna Miller and her Fall 2019 Women in the Economy Class put together an exhibit on women's sufferage to celebrate the anniversary of women's right to vote in 2020.    read more about Beyond Supply & Demand: Duke Economics Students Present 100 Years of American Women’s Suffrage »

Duke Economics is pleased to welcome Jason Baron to the department. Baron is currently Scholar in Residence while completing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. He will start as an Assistant Professor in the 2021-2022 school year. Baron grew up in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. He moved to the United States with his family when he was fifteen years old. “My parents wanted to move to the United States to pursue a better future for our family. We had… read more about Duke Economics Welcomes Jason Baron »

This fall semester, Duke Kunshan University lecturer Ashton Merck will be communicating with her students more than usual.   She plans to check in with her students early and often through WeChat messages, email, and virtual office hours. Merck hopes that by staying in contact, students will feel… read more about How Duke Faculty Prepared for the Fall Semester »

The signs of change were all around: Students walking around campus wearing face masks, talking to new friends in distanced circles.  Socializing tents scattered around campus. Seminars in large rooms with seats spaced out. But the first day of classes also had much that was familiar. Students… read more about The First Day of Classes Start With Masks, Distancing and Vigorous Classrooms »

Duke Economics is excited to welcome new assistant professor Laura Castillo-Martinez to the department. Castillo-Martinez is originally from Murcia, Spain. Growing up, her parents' jobs took them around Europe, so Castillo-Martinez knew they would support her looking for school and work opportunities internationally. She completed her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics, where she discovered her love of teaching. “At LSE you have a teaching load every year,” Castillo-Martinez said, “At first it was very demanding for me… read more about Duke Economics Welcomes Laura Castillo-Martinez as Assistant Professor »

How did our Financial Economics Center come to be, and what is its impact on students? Read more about how the directors and faculty involved strive to motivate students in finance.  read more about Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way »

Economics Associate Chair and Professor Emma Rasiel Ph.D.'03, now the teaching director of the Duke Financial Economics (DFE) Center and the Eads Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Energy, and Duke alumnus read more about Duke Financial Economics Center Empowers Students to Find Their Way »

As expected, orientation for Duke Economics Masters and Ph.D. programs looked a little different this year. Instead of meeting in person, both programs held orientations via Zoom.  Having already completed Math Camp virtually at the end of July, the new Ph.D. cohort was already used to the Zoom format. Chair James Roberts and Director of Graduate Studies Federico Bugni were there to welcome the students, along with the EcoTeach staff. After the usual review of the program and departmental procedures, students participated… read more about Duke Economics Welcomes 97 New Graduate Students »

Duke professors have been working hard all summer to make sure this unprecedented school year is just as good as any other. Read about how professor Charlie Becker is preparing his new cohort of Master's students for remote learning and how he's building community via Zoom.  read more about How Duke Faculty are Going Back to School »

DURHAM, N.C. --If you’re reluctant to identify as a Democrat or Republican even though you are staunchly liberal or conservative, you’re probably also less prone to bias in other ways. In a time where political affiliations can feel like they’re leading to tribal warfare, a research team from Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has found that the desire to be part of a group is what makes some of us more likely to discriminate against people outside our groups, even in non-political settings. “It's not… read more about Desire to Be in a Group Leads to Harsher Judgment of Others  »

Three Duke professors, including Econ professor Connel Fullenkamp, discuss with Duke Today why prioritizing the economy over public health was the wrong choice.  read more about Prioritizing Economy Over Public Health the Wrong Approach, Scholars Say »

This summer, senior Rachel Helman’s workdays started at 5 a.m. on her family’s farm in Oregon. One could assume her work involved tending to animals, plants, or machinery. In truth, until 2 p.m. she sat comfortably in her bedroom-turned-workspace, interacting with colleagues across the country, programming in Python, and doing research on her Bloomberg Terminal. Helman had a seven-week virtual internship with Bloomberg’s Global Data division. She did manage to take advantage of her surroundings to break up the day by… read more about Students Find Silver Linings in Virtual Internship Experiences »

Like everything else these days, Ph.D. math camp is going to look a little different. Typically, the intensive camp for incoming Ph.D. students that takes place before fall semester starts is held on campus, in person. However, this year’s instructors, current Ph.D. students Aram Grigoryan and Zichang Wang, are having to adapt to the world of remote instruction. It’s Grigoryan’s second year teaching math camp, and Wang’s first.  The pair have been putting in the work to make sure that students get as much out of remote… read more about Ph.D. Math Camp Adapts to Current Challenges »

What cancelled summer plans—and new ones—say about the Duke student body. One was supposed to be saying goodbye to her childhood home on the other side of the Atlantic. Another was meant to be working with refugees in Ireland. Two more had plans for research projects in Africa. None of it happened… read more about Purpose from Disruption »

Assistant professor Matthew Masten has been awarded a CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation. NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program “supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.”  This prestigious award is specifically given to junior faculty, and provides recipients with a federal grant for research and education activities for five years.   Masten, part of… read more about Professor Matthew Masten Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award »

Economics major Elena Cavallero (T’21) has been awarded funding by the Energy Initiative Internship Program for a remote summer internship at Prime Impact Fund. More than two dozen students were funded through the program, which is supported by gifts from Duke alumni. read more about Twenty-Four Duke Students Funded as Energy Sector Interns »

Professor William "Sandy" Darity Jr. is listed as one of the top Black economists working to fix systemic racism in their work. Undergraduate alum Peter Q. Blair is also named in the list. read more about 19 Black Economists to Celebrate and Know, this Juneteenth and Beyond »

Travis Knoll expected to be in Brazil this summer. A Ph.D. student in History, he planned to visit film and Catholic Church archives to further his work on the relationship between Catholic thought, modern Black movements and education… read more about Changing Their Summer Plans, Duke Ph.D. Students Find New Options for Virtual Employment »

Professor Patrick Bayer's work on the racial wage gap was recently featured in the New York Times. His study shows that the gap has not decreased throughout the past decades. read more about The Enormous Black-White Wage Gap »

Using research from Patrick Bayer, Gilhuly Family Distinguished Professor in Economics, David Leonhardt argues that there has been little progress in closing the Black-white wage gap. Read the article… read more about The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It Was in 1950 »

Professor and director of our Center for the History of Political Economy Bruce Caldwell was recently announced as this year's Distinguished Fellow Award by the History of Economics Society. read more about HOPE Center Director Named 2020 Distinguished Fellow of the History of Economics Society  »

By the time Summer Session I started on May 13, Duke’s educators had already been at work for weeks. Before a class can be taught, it must be planned. There are readings to select, assignments to create, questions to prepare, schedules to set. And this year, there was an additional challenge: the… read more about 3 Summer Courses Show What Goes Into Planning a Duke Class »

In a lunch-hour conversation on Friday, June 5, the Kenan Institute for Ethics’ signature series, The Ethics of Now read more about Racism, Police Violence, and Protests »

MA '07 alum Karl Boulware is quoted in an article about the wage gap in the United States and how Black Americans are disproportionately affected. read more about The Only Way to Truly Solve the Race Problem in America is to Narrow the Wealth Gap, Black Economists Say »

In a pandemic world, everything looks a little different. As of June 1, James Roberts is the new Duke econ chair. I spoke to him by phone while he was making lunch for his kids. “Like everyone else these days I'm just trying to do it all. I just realized that the bagel I told my daughter she could have for lunch doesn't exist,” he laughed. Even though working from home is the new normal, Roberts is still excited to take on the challenges that come with being department chair. A Chicago native who moved to Charlotte, North… read more about For New Econ Chair, Challenges are Why He Took the Job »

Duke University and Duke Economics are aware of the US Government actions regarding students from China, particularly regarding visas for students who have studied, researched or were employed at universities in China that support the country’s “military-civil fusion strategy (MCF),” or who are studying in certain STEM fields.   We understand that, in any case, travel restrictions in both China and the US will continue to pose problems for students this fall, including the announcement that the US Government is banning… read more about Update on International Travel and Visa Issues »

May 31 marks the end of Craig Burnside’s tenure as chair of Duke Economics. It’s been a long road, with lots of twists and turns, and he hands the reins over to James Roberts. But what do Craig’s colleagues have to say about his time as chair? Let’s find out.  Allan Collard-Wexler-Faculty Craig took over after Pat Bayer and Tom Nechyba had overseen a huge expansion of the department over the previous decade. Thus he was in charge in keeping this enormous department, over 46 tenure-track faculty, together… read more about A Chair Remembered  »

Economics graduate Axel Hererra Ramos was hoping his family would get to travel from Honduras to see him graduate. As a first generation college student and Dreamer, the cancellation of graduation ceremonies was especially disappointing. Ramos, an advocarte for undocumented immigrant communities was able to tell his story via virtual commencement.  read more about For this Duke Graduate and Dreamer, His Immigration Status Does Not Define Him »