Fall Semester Update

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:

Duke professor's research examines the racial wealth gap


It’s been a while since the Great Recession, when millions of people lost jobs, homes, their savings, between late 2007 and mid 2009. Nobody has called the last decade the Great Recovery, but many people have managed to rebuild their wealth portfolios. Though not everyone.

Duke Financial Economics Center Spring Updates

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.

2020-2021 DFE Leadership Award Winners

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.

Article: Teammates from the Field to Wall Street

In this piece, former Duke soccer players Callie Simpkins '13 and Libby Jandl '13 share about their experiences balancing summer finance internships and training for their senior season. The close friends are now colleagues at RBC Capital Markets and support younger players who pursue careers in New York.

Rasiel Offering Online Personal Finance Course to High Schoolers this Spring

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. Students will spend two hours per week in live Zoom sessions with Professor Rasiel and 2 hours per week on asynchronous study materials, including problems and games to reinforce the lessons learned.