A new program for Duke sophomores – which launched earlier this year – will include an Economics course this fall: “Liberalism and Its Critics” (ECON 225S). The course is part of the new “Transformative Ideas” program that is designed to promote open and civil cross-disciplinary dialogue on questions and big ideas that change lives, link cultures and shape societies around the world. “Liberalism and Its Critics” – taught by Bruce Caldwell of Economics and Alfredo Watkins of Political Science – focuses on the development… read more about Economics Course Among Fall “Transformative Ideas” Offerings »

Despite its overwhelming superiority in numbers, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has thus far not unfolded as President Vladimir Putin would have expected, Professor Simon Miles said Tuesday. “This has not been an impressive showing for the Russian military,” said Miles, an assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy who wrote a book about the end of the Cold War. Miles was one of several professors from who offered their perspectives on the war in Ukraine before an online and in-person Duke audience… read more about Does the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Herald a New Era of Global Competition? »

Fifty years separate the days when Claudius “C.B.” Claiborne and Michelle Staggers completed their undergraduate degrees at Duke. But a conversation held February 28 made clear that the former student-athletes had plenty of shared experiences, along with a few key differences. Now a professor of business and marketing in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, Claiborne was the first African American basketball player at Duke and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Staggers was a member of… read more about Two Former Student-Athletes Discuss Duke History and Hope for the Future »

It's been a wild ride for MAE '10 alumnus Peter Devine. His path to becoming a staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President was a bit unconventional. Having just graduated ROTC and with orders to begin Naval flight training, Devine was an unlikely aspiring economist and, in his own words, “a bit of a gamble.” However, two years of top-flight graduate education at Duke launched Devine into a life as a Navy pilot. Devine’s orders took him to an Air Force base in Japan.… read more about The Economist Fighter Pilot »

Two Duke University seniors are among the 41 recipients of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, the program announced Monday.  Yasa Baig of Foxborough, Massachusetts, and James Marek of Yardley, Pennsylvania, have been chosen from applicants throughout the country.  Approximately 40 Marshall Scholarships are awarded each year to high-achieving American students to pursue post-graduate studies at any university in the UK in any field. The award covers all university fees, cost-of-living expenses and many other costs. “On… read more about Two Duke Seniors Join 2022 Marshall Scholars for Graduate Study in the United Kingdom »

Two Duke University students and one Duke Kunshan University student -- have been named Schwarzman Scholars, a program that funds one year of study in Beijing.  They are among 151 scholars that will begin the program in August of 2022.  Seniors Jessica Edelson and Jessie Xu are recipients from the Durham campus. Wanying He, a senior in Duke Kunshan University’s inaugural undergraduate class, has become the first student from DKU to be named a Schwarzman Scholar. The scholars develop leadership skills through a funded one… read more about Three Students from Duke, Duke Kunshan Receive Schwarzman Scholarships for Graduate Study in China »

DURHAM, N.C. – The emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant may actually help the U.S. economy by dulling rising inflation. But in the longer term, it may hinder the recovery of supply chain problems plaguing the delivery of goods around the globe, further taxing the economy, two Duke University experts said Tuesday. Duke economists Emma Rasiel and Connel Fullenkamp discussed myriad issues related to inflation, the U.S. and global economy, and the impact of the new COVID variant during a virtual media briefing for… read more about Inflation and Omicron: Don’t Panic, Don’t Horde, Experts Advise »

By the time he was a junior, Brian Zorb ’09 knew he wanted to pursue a career in finance that diverged from the investment banking and sales and trading paths many of his peers were taking. An internship experience at a brokerage firm in his hometown sparked his interest in investment decision-making. “I was much more focused on asset management/investment management jobs and being outside of New York City, and that was pretty unique,” he said. In the spring semester of 2008, Zorb signed up to be among the first group of… read more about “People First” Drives Cycles of Mentorship in Duke Financial Economics Center »

The Econ faculty and staff celebrating anniversaries this year include (from top left): Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Daniel Yi Xu, Lori Zagiba, Patrick Bayer, Atilla Ambrus, Kevin Hoover, Erica Field, Chris Geddings and Adam Rosen, as well as Addie Stagg (not pictured).Ten Economics faculty and staff members are celebrating major departmental anniversaries this year. As we celebrate the years they have spent with Duke Econ, we want to acknowledge the role their knowledge, expertise and relationships… read more about Duke Econ Celebrates 10 Staff and Faculty Anniversaries »

A new faculty-led Trinity College project, which examines the politics and histories of intercollegiate athletics and athletes, will include an Economics course this Spring. “Race and the Business of College Sports(ECON 290) is part of the new “Black in Blue: The Sports and Race Project” – a project that includes classes, public events, workshops and podcasts as it critically studies race and sports at Duke, within its geographic placement, and beyond. “Race and the Business of College… read more about Course on Race and College Sports Offered this Spring »

Bringing an exciting new group of economics scholars together for the first time is one of the highlights of every fall semester. But it’s one of the many things that looks different in the midst of COVID-19. The annual Ph.D. orientation session went online for the second year in a row. However, students were still able to kick off their Duke careers with an in-person event in August, including a campus tour and a happy hour outside of Economics’ home in the Social Sciences Building. The 2021 cohort was also joined by… read more about Two Ph.D. Cohorts Welcomed to Campus This Fall »