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Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Boost Incomes for Majority of Americans: Study

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
The Fiscal Times
In a working paper published in May, Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and coauthors found that corporate tax cuts do not provide an income boost to those making under $200,000. 
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The Wage Gap Between White and Black Men Is Growing Wider

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The Economist
"While highly educated African-Americans are now more successful than ever, the bottom appears to have fallen out for poor blacks." The Economist cites a working paper by Professor Patrick Bayer and co-author Kerwin Kofi Charles (University of Chicago).

Why States Are Raising Less Revenue From Corporate Taxes

Friday, July 6, 2018
Chicago Booth Review
How do state corporate tax cuts actually impact tax revenue and economic activity? Professor Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and co-author Owen Zidar (University of Chicago) "reject the hypothesis that tax cuts tend to pay for themselves." The Chicago Booth Review spotlights their... Read More »
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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.
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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 »
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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.