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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 »

Professor Michelle Connolly was presented the 2023 recipient of the PURC (Public Utilities Research Center) Distinguished Service Award for her work on February 23nd at the University of Florida. The PURC Distinguished Service Award recognizes Connolly’s contributions to the field through academic contributions and policy analyses. Connolly has done extensive research in telecommunications, spectrum analysis, and broadband policy. Previous winners include Jean Tirole, Jean-Jacques Laffont, and Alfred E. Khan.  PURC… read more about Michelle Connolly Presented PURC Distinguished Service Award »

Dr. Christian Lundblad is the Richard Levin Distinguished Professor of Finance and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his master’s degree in economics and Ph.D. in economics and statistics & decision sciences at Duke, following his B.A. in economics and English literature with highest honors from Washington University in St. Louis. His research spans asset pricing, investment management, and… read more about Alumni Profiles Series: Christian Lundblad »

Serra Güllü was just 2 years old in 1999 when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the city of İzmit in Turkey, killing thousands and damaging tens of thousands of homes and buildings. From Istanbul, Güllü was too young to remember that day, but her family does, and she’s heard the horror stories. Twenty-four years later, Güllü, a student in the Masters in Analytical Political Economy (MAPE) program at Duke, has been fielding inquiries from friends and family about the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked her country in the… read more about Turkey’s Fate Was Sealed by Failures – Both Structural and Political, Experts Say »

If there is any common knowledge about going into finance among Duke undergrads, it is that recruiting began yesterday. By sophomore year, students are being recruited by the major investment banks for internships that won’t start until the summer after their junior year. This puts the onus on the youngest Duke students to explore what working in finance actually means. Luckily, among the many resources at their disposal are older peers who have been through the process and want to help. Michael Legesse, a junior… read more about From Freshman with a Spreadsheet to Investment Banking Intern: One Student's Path toward a Finance Career »

Susan Athey, T’ 91, has been elected president of the American Economic Association. Athey, a triple Economics/Mathematics/Computer Science alumna and professor of economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business will serve for the 2023 year.   The American Economic Association (AEA) is a professional organization of economists that aims to promote excellence in the field of economics. The association has a wide range of initiatives and programs that serve its members and advance the discipline of economics.… read more about Duke Economics Alumna Elected President of the American Economic Association »

Friedrich Hayek may have won a Nobel Prize in economics, but as his biographer, Bruce Caldwell, explains, Hayek was interested in much more than the standard concerns of economists. Ten years in the making and the first of what will be two volumes, Professor Caldwell’s Hayek: A Life, 1899–1950 was published in November by the University of Chicago Press. Written with Hansjörg Klausinger, a professor of economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, the biography captures what… read more about Bruce Caldwell's Biography of Friedrich Hayek Traces a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Life »

Long winter nights make for good reads. Duke publications from the fall and winter include attractions for readers of many interests.  For history buffs, there's new history of the American West and a timely assessment of economic sanctions. For politicos, there's a blueprint for protecting democracy and a study of the contributions of migrants to various cultures. Movie fans can read about the history of Asians in theater and cinema and a surprising look at the politics of Marvel movies. Many of the books,… read more about Warm Up With Winter Books From Duke Authors »

Gianni Toniolo, who joined the Duke Economics faculty in 1996, passed away on November 13, 2022.   Toniolo, an Italian native, was born in 1942. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Venice, Italy, and completed his postdoctoral studies at Harvard. Throughout his career, he held positions at Oxford, Hitotsubashi University in Japan and Tor Vergata University of Rome, among others.   He had a formidable impact on the field of economics.   Toniolo’s research focused on… read more about Duke Economics Remembers Gianni Toniolo »