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Professor Bruce Caldwell sat down to record a podcast with AEA's Tyler Smith. They talked about Caldwell's expertise with Hayek's messaging, and what people get wrong about it.  read more about Rereading the The Road to Serfdom »

It's everyone's favorite time of year, the annual ASSA meeting. Like many other events in this tumultuous year, the conference has been adapted to fit an online format. This format allowed a large number of Duke faculty and graduate students to participate in the meeting, whether that be as a presenter, facilitator, or moderator. And, of course, our job market candidates will be interviewing for positions for after graduation. See below for a complete list of Duke-affiliated sessions.    Origins of Serial… read more about Duke Faculty and Students Attend and Present at Annual ASSA Conference--Online »

Professor William "Sandy" Darity, Jr. has been selected for the T.W. Schultz Memorial Lecture and award by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. read more about AAEA Awards William "Sandy" Darity, Jr. the T.W. Schultz Award at ASSA '21 »

Professor Dan Ariely joined a panel of Duke experts to talk about vaccine hesitancy. How do behavioral economics come into play? read more about To Convince Vaccine Skeptics, Use Empathy, Information and a Re-Start, Experts Say »

DURHAM, N.C. – With multiple COVID-19 vaccines on the way in the United States, public health officials now face the daunting challenge of convincing skeptics to actually get the vaccine. Three Duke experts in public health messaging, leadership and human behavior spoke with journalists Thursday in a virtual media briefing about challenges and solutions. Replay the briefing on YouTube. Here are excerpts: ON REACHING PEOPLE WHO DON’T FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS Dan Ariely,… read more about To Convince Vaccine Skeptics, Use Empathy, Information and a Re-Start, Experts Say »

For some M.S. Economics & Computation (MSEC) students, their first semester in the program looked much different than they expected. Because of travel and visa restrictions, several students completed their first semester of the program from China. Zixuan Zheng was one of these students. However, last week he was finally able to meet several of his fellow classmates--Zhichao Wang, Xiaoxi Lyu, and Kaichao Chang--in person, and share the struggles and triumphs of the unusual semester. “To be honest, we struggled this… read more about Despite 2020 Challenges, MSEC Students Perservere »

William A. Darity (Samuel DuBois Cook Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Economics and African and African American Studies), Malachi Hacohen (Professor of… read more about The Importance of Inequality Studies »

Listen to professor Timur Kuran discuss preference falsification with the Hidden Brain podcast. What are the impacts? What are the consequences? read more about A Conspiracy of Silence »

Current PhD candidate Leonardo Chaves conducted an interview with PhD alum Kivanç Kirgiz '01 as part of Duke University Graduate School's "Alumni Profiles" series. Kirgiz talks with Chaves about what lessons he took from Duke Econ and how he continues to apply them today. read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Kivanç Kirgiz »

Professor Patrick Bayer's research regarding the Black-white wage gap is cited in an article about how President-elect Joe Biden can bridge the divide between many walks of life.  read more about Biden Can Have an American Presidency by Focusing on 'Outsiders' »

When COVID hit last spring, many graduate students had to give up their summer plans for teaching, field research and internships. The Provost’s Office quickly pledged support,… read more about Duke Ph.D. Students Find Unexpected Benefits in an Unusual Summer »

Duke’s leading scholars are once again prominently featured on the annual list of “Most Highly Cited Researchers.” Thirty-seven Duke faculty were named to the list this year, based on the number of highly cited papers they… read more about 37 From Duke Included in Most Cited List »

Professors Peter Arcidacono and V. Joseph Hotz have been elected as Fellows of the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE). The IAAE is the leading academic association for enhancing and supporting research in applied econometrics, comprised of top scholars in the field. It’s mission is “…to advance the education of the public in the subject of econometrics and its applications to a variety of fields in economics, in particular, but not exclusively, by advancing and supporting research in that field, and… read more about Professors Peter Arcidiacono and V. Joseph Hotz Named International Association for Applied Econometrics Fellows »

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 »