Power lines

American Market Architect Reflects on Mexico's Reforms

Friday, June 29, 2018
RTO Insider
Duke Economics alumnus and Chicago native Jeff Pavlovic (B.S. '99) has spent the last decade in Mexico, where he helped to design the country's deregulated electricity markets.
Calculator and stack of coins

Tax exemption offsets lack of competition in municipal bond markets

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
In a paper presented at the 2018 Municipal Finance Conference at Brookings, Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and coauthors show that each dollar of tax exemption for interest paid on municipal bonds generates about $1.80 in savings for municipal authorities.
Professor Rachel Kranton

Rachel Kranton Named Dean of Social Sciences

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Duke Today
Duke has named economics professor Rachel Kranton as the new dean of social sciences, effective July 1. “My priority is to support the scholarship and teaching of our incredible faculty and to advance our engagement with pressing social issues,” she said.
Ph.D. students Alessandro Villa and Vytautas Valaitis

Villa and Valaitis Win 2018 Society for Computational Economics Best Student Paper

Friday, June 22, 2018
Ph.D. students Alessandro Villa and Vytautas Valaitis have won the 2018 Society for Computational Economics (SCE) best graduate student paper contest. They received recognition and a 1,500-euro cash award at the Computing in Economics and Finance Conference in Milan, Italy.  The contest... Read More »

Professor Peter Arcidiacono Provides Expert Analysis for Nonprofit’s Lawsuit Against Harvard

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Does Harvard discriminate against Asian-American applicants? Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a nonprofit representing Asian Americans who were denied admission to Harvard, thinks so. SFFA filed a lawsuit against the Ivy League school in 2014 and has since filed motion for summary... Read More »
Students in a classroom

A Better Way to Talk About Education

Friday, June 8, 2018
Education Week
Americans want more out of the education system than children who are good test-takers. But how? Professor Emeritus Helen F. Ladd writes that the first step toward discussing trade-offs and making wise policy decisions is a common vocabulary for talking about them.
Undergraduate Matheus Dias with locals in Playa Grande, Mexico.

Duke Students Share Skills With a Rural Mexican Community to Strengthen Ecotourism

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Duke University Interdisciplinary Studies
Last summer undergraduate Matheus Dias (B.S. '19) traveled to Playa Grande, Mexico as part of an interdisciplinary team to help a rural Mexican community develop a renewable energy strategy and a business plan for sustainable ecotourism. They have generated two reports with recommendations.
Newborn baby

Everyone Is Missing a Key Reason the U.S. Birth Rate Is Declining

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Huffington Post
“To the extent that some women would want to be mothers if it was financially viable, but don’t want to risk good careers or poverty, that’s not a free choice,” said Professor Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat. “Women are painted into a corner.”
Professor William Darity, Jr.

Democrats' Next Big Thing: Government-Guaranteed Jobs

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The New York Times
Prominent Democratic leaders have been embracing the idea of government-sponsored employment. Professor William A. Darity, Jr. is among a handful of liberal researchers who have revived and promoted a job guarantee in recent years.
Capitol Hill

Federal Tax Cuts Won't Boost Worker's Wages — Here's Why

Monday, May 21, 2018
The Hill
A new working paper co-authored by Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato finds that state corporate tax cuts do not boost workers' wages; rather, they lead to increased income inequality. These state-level trends do not bode well for the new federal tax cuts, write Suárez Serrato... Read More »