News & Commentary - Archive 2011

December 20, 2011

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, will speak in Page Auditorium at Duke University on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30 pm.


December 16, 2011

UPDATED Feb. 8, 2012: William A. Darity’s Samuel Z. Westerfield Address, “From Here to Full Employment” given Jan. 7, 2012 in Chicago. (PDF)

Duke Professor William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. has been named as the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award recipient for 2012 by the National Economic Association (NEA).

December 15, 2011

The policy vs markets debate makes for good rhetoric but lousy results. It's not if government should play a role in the economy. It's how best to do it.

The long slog of debt deleveraging (we're about halfway through) coupled with the rising risk of a global credit crunch implies the timing is right. From Erskine Bowles' CEO Fiscal Reform Council to the Occupy Wall St. movement, frustration is mounting. The need for market based, government supported, job creating policies is clear; what's missing is the will.

December 14, 2011

Anna Gassman-Pines, assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and a faculty fellow of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy, was selected as the first recipient of the Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research.

December 13, 2011

In September, state officials launched a new program called "No Kid Hungry" to provide federally funded school breakfasts to more children in North Carolina. This effort to fight childhood hunger is now being tested in 28 schools across the state, including one in Durham.

It's a great start toward providing quality nutrition to low-income children. But because early eating habits impact weight gain and health issues across a child's life, the need for healthy meals starts much earlier than grade school.

December 11, 2011

No one seriously disputes the fact that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school, on average, than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds.

But rather than confront this fact of life head-on, our policy makers mistakenly continue to reason that, since they cannot change the backgrounds of students, they should focus on things they can control.

November 29, 2011

Former U.S. commerce department official Raymond Vickery will discuss U.S.-India economic relations at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The 5 p.m. event in Sanford 04 is free and open to the public. Vickery’s talk will be followed by a book signing.

November 16, 2011

The Duke Cookstove Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration between social scientists, biomedical researchers and environmental scientists, has undertaken the study of improved cookstove adoption and use in less developed countries.

November 16, 2011

The outlook for the U.S., the EU and the global economy is unclear. Political systems buckle under the challenge of domestic, regional or global governance. Consumers hunker down, corporations sit on cash, job creation is anemic, banks and sovereigns shrink.

In this, our third column, we elaborate on the first of our five Bi-Sectoral Principles, Strength from within -- for while the U.S. does depend on others, much more important is what we do for ourselves.

November 16, 2011

At The Legal Aid Society in New York City, interns are not sitting behind a desk or stuck in a cubicle. Instead, students like Duke senior Chris Donati get to take a truly hands-on approach to providing assistance with legal services to impoverished New Yorkers.

In his internship experience, Donati was offered the opportunity to take a variety of legal and investigative classes on rules of evidence, discovery, investigations, and ethics, as well as shadow investigators out in the field and often, on the crime scene.