Duke Financial Economics Center 2022-2023 Year in Review
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2022-2023 by the Numbers


993 Students

took DFE-sponsored courses and participated in our extracurricular programs.

275 Alumni and Parents

engaged with DFE through visiting lectures, site visits, mentoring, lunch & learn sessions, the Mock Interview Days program, student competitions, and panels.

26 Courses

offered in the Economics Department were made possible by DFE.

21 Faculty, Executives in Residence, and Instructors

taught courses and advised students, drawing on distinguished scholarly backgrounds and industry experience. 

Revisit our Fall Update and Spring Update to zoom in on each semester's activities.

Economics Department Chair Jimmy Roberts awards Emma Rasiel inaugural Gorman Award at 2023 departmental commencement

Rasiel is First Gorman Prize Winner

At the May 14 Economics Department commencement ceremony, DFE Teaching Director and Richard Y. Li Professor of the Practice Emma Rasiel was awarded the inaugural Gorman Prize for Excellence in Economics. The annual prize, generously endowed by alumni Elizabeth and Michael Gorman, recognizes economics faculty who have a significant impact on the department and Duke.
"[Emma] is beloved by [her] students, by alums, by the staff, and of course, by [her] colleagues," Department Chair Jimmy Roberts said in announcing the award. "I can honestly say I'm not sure I've ever met anybody who gets more out of a 24-hour period than [Emma]."
Watch Roberts present the award to Rasiel in the video above.
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Zelter Family Distinguished Professor Andrew Patton at the annual conference of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE)
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The Year in Research

The DFE research faculty produced the following scholarly works:
Granular Betas and Risk Premium Functions by Tim Bollerslev, Juanita and Clifton Kreps Distinguished Professor of Economics, Andrew Patton, Zelter Family Distinguised Professor of Economics et al.
The Jump Leverage Risk Premium by Bollerslev et al. 
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Faculty in the Media

In the last year, DFE faculty provided expert takes on current economic and financial issues.
Idle Crypto is the Devil's Workshop — Connel Fullenkamp in The New York Times
U.S. gas prices plunge toward $3 a gallon as demand drops worldwide — Washington Post news story quoting DFE Teaching Director Emma Rasiel 
US lags in financial innovation. Regulatory Sandboxes are the answer. — Jimmie Lenz, Irene and Frank Salerno Visiting Professor, and Lecturing Fellow Lee Reiners in American Banker

Dzialga Initiative

This spring, 10 first-years became the sixth class of fellows in the Dzialga Women in Finance Initiative. They will participate in educational, networking, and mentoring activities as a cohort sophomore through senior year.
The third class of Dzialga Fellows graduated in May and are headed into jobs at Bain, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Greenhill, Houlihan Lokey, ICONIQ Capital, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley. We are pleased to now have 29 alumnae of the Dzialga Initiative, many of whom stay connected and enthusiastically serve as a resource to current fellows.
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Study Away

DFE's programs in London and New York were fully enrolled and activity filled, with students and alumni making invaluable connections.
Duke in London Finance, six weeks, July to mid-August 2022:
  • 20 students: rising sophomores and juniors
  • Two courses: Understanding Financial Bubbles and Crises and Behavioral Finance: A Taxonomy of Money Mistakes
  • Site visits to TDR Capital and Morgan Stanley
  • Eight alumni guest speakers
  • Cultural outings, including London walking tours, a day trip to Oxford, and visits to the Tate Modern and Parliament
  • 17 students, all sophomores
  • Four courses: Global Capital Markets, Understanding Financial Bubbles and Crises, Financial Markets and Investments, Architecture and Urbanism in New York City
  • 13 firm visits 
  • 17 alumni guest speakers and 34 young alumni mentors
  • Many fun group activities, including game watches, a tour of the Morgan Library & Museum, and a Broadway show
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To our Partners and Supporters

We couldn't deliver on our mission without you. Our deepest thanks to 
The DFE Steering Committee, under the leadership of Craig Silberberg '99, A.M. '01

The DFE Student Advisory Committee

Our Duke partners in Alumni Engagement and Development, the Career Center, Continuing Education, the Department of Economics, Energy Initiative, Fuqua School of Business, Global Education Office, Law School, Nicholas School of the Environment, Pratt School of Engineering, Student Affairs, and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Our 2022-2023 corporate partners: Bank of America, BlackRock, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, RBC, Rothschild, and Wells Fargo

Our alumni and parent engagers, whose passion for giving back and supporting Duke students boosts everything we do.
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