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From the Chair

Dear alumni,

Last year we hosted our first-ever Duke Economics Social at Reunions 2016. This year, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting two events (information below) on Friday, April 7 as part of the Reunions 2017 festivities. We hope to see you here in a few weeks!

The alumni newsletter is our way of helping you stay connected with the department and the Duke Economics community. If you have a question or suggestion for the newsletter — or would like to share what you've been up to — please get in touch.

Craig Burnside
Chair, Duke Economics

Reunions 2017 | Duke Economics Events

Friday, April 7

Event: "The Development and Impact of the Marijuana Industry", by Malik Burnett (T'07, B'11, M'12)
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 139
Please RSVP for this event with Duke Alumni Association. Space is limited.

Event: Duke Economics Social
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Picnic Tables, Social Sciences Building (rain site is Social Sciences Building lobby)
Please RSVP for this event with Duke Alumni Association.

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Economics Majors Reflect on Their Work with Bass Connections

Bass Connections brings together Duke faculty and students to explore real-world issues in interdisciplinary research teams.

Developing Departmental Energy Reports & a Carbon Pricing Program for Duke University
The End (for Now) – Shengjie Yao (B.S.’19) 
Seeking Inspiring, Ambitious Solutions That Are Also Pragmatic – Dipro Bhowmik (B.S.’18) 
Building a Team, a Clay Structure and a Carbon Pricing Program – Aashna Aggarwal (B.S.’19) 

Animal Waste Management & Global Health
Rural Sustainability Summit – Daniel Inmacolato (B.S.’17) 

Alumna Named 2017 Queen's Young Leader Award Winner

Suhani Jalota (B.S.'16) was named one of the 2017 Queen's Young Leader Award winners for her work in women's health and female entrepreneurship in India. The award honors exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth.

New Research from Professor Patrick Bayer Examines Black-White Earnings Gap

A working paper from Professor Patrick Bayer and co-author Kerwin Kofi Charles (University of Chicago) could change the way economists study and understand racial earnings inequality.

Alumni Spotlight: J. Phillips L. Johnston (B.A. ’61)

As the former CEO of 11 public and privately held companies, it's fair to say that Phil Johnston (B.A. '61) has a diverse background in business. The Duke alumnus has taken pen to paper to inspire others with what he has learned over the years. 

In the News

Gov. Cooper's Budget Calls for Teacher Pay Raise

Duke Chronicle
Gov. Roy Cooper's new budget proposal places a heavy emphasis on education spending. Calling Cooper's plan reasonable, Professor Hugh Macartney said he is optimistic about the potential increase in teacher pay.

Tatiana Birgisson (B.S.'12) Doesn't Rest

Duke Magazine
In 2012, an accidental business idea helped rejuvenate the alumna. Today, neither she nor her energy-drink company is showing signs of slowing down. 

The Social Cost of Carbon

Public Radio International
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences recommends a new way to evaluate the social costs of carbon pollution to keep up with the best available science. Professor Billy Pizer and Living on Earth host Helen Palmer discuss the changes and why social cost evaluations are crucial to tackling carbon pollution.

From Economic Analysis to Inclusive Growth

Project Syndicate
Developed-economy policymakers are seeking a recipe for inclusive economic growth, whereby high rates of investment and rapid innovation are pursued alongside measures to reduce income inequality. Kemal Dervis and Karim Foda (M.A.'07) of the Brookings Institution offer commentary.

Singaporean Undergrads Build Farms for Students in Nepal

The New Paper
Through crowdfunding, economics major Jiakun Xu and fellow Duke senior Xin Tong Lim set up three greenhouse farms in Nepal.

Faculty Honors & Awards

Vincent Conitzer is one of three winners of Blue Sky Awards sponsored by Computing Community Consortium for his paper "Moral Decision Making Frameworks for Artificial Intelligence."

Marjorie B. McElroy was honored by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) for her tireless work on behalf of the committee. A standing committee of the American Economic Association, CSWEP is charged with monitoring the progress and promoting the careers of women economists.
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