Economics & Finance Announcements

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June 30, 2023

Catch up on all the year's news and activities: 

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May 8, 2023

Read an overview of the semester's activities:

DFE Spring Update

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December 15, 2022

Read about what was new and ongoing for DFE in the fall '22 semester.

Fall '22 Update

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January 10, 2023

Digital Assets at Duke (DA@D) will convene key industry players in the digital assets space, regulatory experts, and select researchers for two days of rigorous debate, discussion and education on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina.

June 21, 2022

Read a summary of the year in DFE's courses, activities, research, and more:

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December 3, 2021

The return to in-person classes and office hours this fall was a welcome change for us. We were delighted to see some of you on campus for events like the Class of 2020 Commencement and to have in-person guest speakers in John's Global Capital Markets class.

As the semester comes to a close, we share the following updates:

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September 2, 2021

We are pleased to have these accomplished alumni as new members of the DFESC: Paula Arrojo '92, Ryan Buxbaum '15, Gillis Cashman '97, Kenny Osakwe '12, and Monique Barrios Taylor '12.

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June 21, 2021

Read about DFE's activities and accomplishments over the past academic year.

 2020-2021 DFE Year in Review


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May 17, 2021

As we say goodbye (for now) to the Class of 2021 and wish the Class of 2022 good luck in their summer internships, we share the updates below with you, our phenomenal alumni base.

  • DFE faculty offered 12 finance courses in the Economics Department this spring semester. Across the 12 courses, enrollment totaled 269.

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April 21, 2021

It is DFE’s great pleasure to announce that Itamar Barak ’21, Noah Karpel ’21, Eric Little ’21, and Hannah O’Sullivan ’20 have been named the 2020-2021 recipients of the DFE Leadership Award. This award is bestowed annually to seniors who have been dedicated to mentorship and leadership in finance activities in their time at Duke.

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March 24, 2021

This summer, during Duke's Summer Session II, DFE and the Economics Department are proud to offer the popular course for sophomores, ECON 256 Practical Financial Markets. Both Duke and non-Duke students are eligible to enroll in this online course. Learn more at

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December 7, 2020

After the success of her online course Irrational Behavior in Financial Decision-Making this fall, DFE Teaching Director and Eads Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Economics Emma Rasiel will offer another online course to 9th-12th graders in spring 2021. The focus of the course will be personal finance, and it will run from April 12 to May 5.

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November 22, 2020

In our masks and at our ad hoc work stations, we have come through a semester unlike any other. We are proud of the Duke community effort to keep everyone safe while students continued to learn. Students are ready for a restorative break period, and we in DFE look forward to enjoying a cozy holiday season. We hope the same for all of you.

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September 22, 2020

Economics Associate Chair and Professor Emma Rasiel Ph.D.'03, now the teaching director of the Duke Financial Economics (DFE) Center and the Eads Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Energy, and Duke alumnus John Caccavale ’81, P’11, now the executive director of DFE, collaborated on a bold idea: building the premier center for financial educ

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August 26, 2020

This fall, Professor Rasiel will offer two online sessions of Irrational Behavior in Financial Decision-making to interested high school students. No prior experience with economics or finance is required.

Learn more on the Duke Continuing Studies website.

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June 24, 2020

View a recap of DFE's activities in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Headshots of 2019-2020 DFE Leadership Award winners Karam Katariya and Julia Weidman

April 21, 2020

DFE has named seniors Karam Katariya and Julia Weidman as the 2019-2020 recipients of the DFE Leadership Award. Each spring, the DFE honors one to three seniors with the award for their initiative in finance-related activities at Duke, dedication to peer mentoring, and contributions to the center. Both Katariya and Weidman will graduate this May with B.S. degrees in economics with a concentration in finance.

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June 29, 2018

Brian Murray, director of the Duke University Energy Initiative and a faculty member at the Nicholas School of the Environment, co-edited a special section in the latest issue of Energy Economics. The section focuses on the key findings of Energy Modeling Forum Model Inter-comparison P

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July 5, 2018

Ph.D. students Alessandro Villa and Vytautas Valaitis have won the 2018 Society for Computational Economics (SCE) best graduate student paper contest.