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Federico Huneeus navigates global trade and looks at how firms can be the most productive without being inequitable. (John West/Trinity Communications) “When I was younger, I had this idea that things such as inequality and productivity, common themes in Latin American development and policy debates, were connected with one another,” says Federico Huneeus. “Back then, I didn't understand where that curiosity would take me.” That curiosity has taken him from Chile to Princeton, where… read more about Federico Huneeus Aims to Strike a Balance Between Economic Efficiency and Equity »

Four faculty in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences were recently recognized by the Arts & Sciences Council for outstanding achievements in undergraduate teaching. Members of the council — in collaboration with the dean's office — choose the award recipients each year by considering student evaluations, teaching statements and recommendations from colleagues as part of the selection process. Four awards are given each year, spanning the breadth of undergraduate disciplines offered in the college. “The… read more about Four Trinity Faculty Receive Undergraduate Teaching Awards  »

Arkadev Ghosh, assistant professor of Economics. (John West/Trinity Communications) Have you ever thought about the economic impact of marrying your cousin? Arkadev Ghosh has. Extensively. Duke’s new Assistant Professor of Economics likes to divide his overall research interests into two broad categories. The first investigates how family ties influence economic development outcomes. The second focuses on field experiments and understanding intergroup contact in the Indian context.… read more about Arkadev Ghosh Looks at the Economic Benefits of Interpersonal Relations, From Summer Camps to Cousin Marriages »

V. Joseph Hotz, Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics, Tyson Brown, WLF Associate Professor of Sociology and Naomi N. Duke, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Sociology are part of a team of researchers that have received a five-year, $25.3 million National Institute on Aging (NIA) award. The award will address gaps in the understanding of potential risks for Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD). Hotz, Duke and Kathleen Mullan Harris and Krista M. Perreira at the… read more about Duke and UNC Multidisciplinary Team Awarded $25.3 Million to Study Alzheimer’s Disease »

According to Timur Kuran, there isn’t a single democracy in the Middle East, which he defines as all 22 Arab states, plus Iran and Turkey. The region ranks below every other region in indices that measure political freedoms, civic life and religious freedoms.   Many have claimed that Islam is the reason for the lack of democracy. But in “Freedoms Delayed: Political Legacies of Islamic Law in the Middle East” — Kuran’s seventh book, whose e-format will be released on July 20 — the Professor of Economics and… read more about Timur Kuran Explores the Political Impact of Islam on the Middle East in New Book »

Some people might say you can’t put a price tag on a whale or an elephant, but not Connel Fullenkamp, professor of the practice of economics. He and several colleagues have been working for the last four years to do just that. In 2021, Fullenkamp, along with Ralph Chami, a former International Monetary Fund economist, and two others, founded Blue Green Future, an organization researching ways to offset greenhouse gas emissions by putting a value on carbon-capturing creatures and plants – everything from microscopic plant… read more about Duke Economist Seeks to Create a Nature-Based Economy »

On Sunday, May 14th, at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke Economics celebrated the commencement of 330 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. The break-down of degrees was as follows: 18 - Ph.D. in Economics 8 - Master of Arts in Analytical Political Economy 76 - Master of Arts in Economics 27 - Master of Science in Economics and Computation 199 - B.S. in Economics 2 - Interdepartmental majors (B.S. Econ and Comp Sci) Chair James Roberts welcomed family and friends of the graduates. “Congrats to each and… read more about Duke Economics Celebrates the Class of 2023 »

Three undergraduate students who found an engaging intellectual topic and worked with Duke faculty to conduct original research that advances knowledge in that field were honored with Faculty Scholar Awards, the highest honor bestowed by university faculty on undergraduates. The award was established to highlight students with an exceptional record of independent research and scholarship and who show promise of a scholarly career. Marcos Hirai Catao is recognized for the study of the relationship between… read more about Three Students Honored as Faculty Scholars  »

Senior Raghav Rasal knew he was going to be an Economics major before he even came to Duke. With that knowledge he immediately immersed himself in the department as soon as he arrived in Durham.   “During my freshman Fall, I was part of the Modeling in Economic and Social Sciences Focus Cluster," said Rasal. The FOCUS program is for students in their first semester at Duke. Students apply and can choose from one of 18 clusters that cover a variety of topics. The goal of the program is to expose students to… read more about Class of 2023: Raghav Rasal Reflects on His Time with Duke Econ »

His upcoming May graduation has made Duke Economics senior Qi Xuan Khoo reflect on his time with Duke Econ.  “My undergraduate experience at Duke has been nothing less than intellectually rewarding and eye-opening. I have learnt tremendously from the faculty's diverse backgrounds and areas of work,” said Khoo. Khoo is a double major in economics and computer science with a minor in mathematics.  His studies have included a wide range of topics from corporate finance to development economics. Khoo also… read more about Class of 2023: Qi Xuan Khoo Got a Good DEAL at Duke »

Duke Economics is pleased to announce that Kevin Marchetti (T'00) will be delivering the keynote speech at the upcoming economics graduation ceremony on May 14 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Marchetti is a distinguished entrepreneur, serving as the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of Lineage Logistics, which is the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics REIT worldwide, handling over 150 billion pounds of food a year. During his time at Duke, Marchetti was a dedicated student of economics and held a… read more about Duke Economics Announces Alumnus Kevin Marchetti as Commencement Keynote Speaker »

Each year, Duke Service-Learning recognizes students, faculty and community partners with the Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards. Betsy Alden was a pioneer in service-learning, beginning her work at Duke during the 1980s. Read more about the legacy of Betsy Alden HERE. Recipients are chosen because they represent an exceptional commitment to the ideals of service‐learning. Each winner receives $150 to further develop his/her community-building and leadership skills. They are also recognized at the… read more about 2023 Alden Award Winners Represent Exceptional Commitment to Service-Learning »

The Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022-2023 DFE Leadership Award: Lily Vore ’23 and Jason Zhang ’23. The annual honor recognizes seniors who have made singular contributions as peer mentors and demonstrated robust leadership in finance-related activities. Vore and Zhang are among 29 recipients of the award since 2010-2011. As they discuss in the Q&A below, Vore and Zhang have articulated their passion for finance through a wide range of activities, including seeking out… read more about Seniors Lily Vore and Jason Zhang Honored with 2022-2023 DFE Leadership Award »

Kelly Kaili Yang, who is currently completing her Ph.D. at Duke Economics was recently presented with the Rising Star Award at the Chinese Economists Society Annual Meeting at the University of Oklahoma.  Yang, who also earned her Master's degree from Duke Economics in 2017, studies industrial organization, health economics, and international trade, with a focus on technology adoption and quality upgrading.  The Gregory Rising Star Award is given annually to promising Chinese Ph.D. students.  Yang was… read more about Ph.D. Student Wins Rising Star Award at the Chinese Economists Society Annual Meeting »