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Danilo Ramalho da Silva, 2010-11 Fellow, awarded PhD

Danilo Ramalho da Silva, 2010-11 Fellow, awarded PhD

Danilo Ramalho da Silva, a 2010-11 HOPE Center Fellow, was awarded his PhD in December 2011 from the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. His dissertation, "Three Approaches to Unemployment: Theoretical, Empirical, and History of Ideas," consisted of four chapters, including one that investigated the work of Robert Lucas, Edmund Phelps, and Milton Friedman on the natural rate of unemployment. Among other things, his thesis concluded that the works of Robert Lucas from the early 1970s stabilized the concept of the natural rate of unemployment in the postwar economic literature by introducing the rational expectations hypothesis into a general equilibrium framework. Danilo's dissertation advisor was Pedro Garcia Duarte, a frequent visitor to Duke and the Center and who graduated from Duke with a PhD in economics in 2007.

PhD awarded to Samuli Leppala, a 2010-11 Visitor

PhD awarded to Samuli Leppala, a 2010-11 Visitor

Samuli Leppälä, a HOPE Center Visitor during 2010-11, has completed his PhD studies at the Turku School of Economics. His dissertation, titled "Essays in the Economics of Knowledge," consists of five articles: "An Epistemological Perspective on Knowledge Transfers: From Tacitness to Capability and Reliability"; "Knowledge as a Public Good: The Optimal Level of Excludability"; "Hayek on Prices and Knowledge: Supplementing 'The Use of Knowledge in Society' with The Sensory Order"; "The Division of Labor Need Not Imply Regional Specialization," written with Pierre Desrochers, a 2009-10 Fellow of the Center; and "Opening Up the 'Jacobs Spillovers' Black Box: Local Diversity, Creativity, and the Processes Underlying New Combinations," also written with Pierre Desrochers. Three of the articles have already been published.

The Turku School of Economics is a unit of the University of Turku and is located in Turku, Finland.

William ("Sandy") Darity awarded the NEA's highest honor

William ("Sandy") Darity awarded the NEA's highest honor

William ("Sandy") Darity, who has published several articles in HOPE on the history of macroeconomics, has been given the 2012 National Economic Association's Samuel Z. Westerfield Award. The award recognizes an African-American economist who has distinguished himself or herself through scholarly research, professional achievement, contributions to government, and/or service to the community. Sandy is a professor of public policy, African and African American Studies, and economics at Duke University. For more, please click here.

HOPE paper wins award

HOPE paper wins award

A paper that will appear in the summer 2012 issue of HOPE has has been awarded the Haralambos Simeonides Prize by the Brazilian Economic Association. The paper, "Furtado and the Structuralist-Monetarist Debate on Economic Stabilization in Latin America," was written by Mauro Boianovsky. The prize is awarded to the best paper in economics by a Brazilian scholar.

Bruce Caldwell, the director of the Center, discusses Hayek on NPR

Bruce Caldwell, the director of the Center, discusses Hayek on NPR

Bruce Caldwell, the director of the Center, discussed Friedrich Hayek in a feature story on NPR broadcast on November 15, 2011. The story (click "Read more" to hear it), by Tamara Keith, featured Bruce and Don Boudreaux of George Mason University. In the story, Bruce comments on the significance of Hayek's Road to Serfdom.

Good news for Center Fellows

Good news for Center Fellows

Jose Edwards, a fellow of the Center for 2010-2011, has joined the Government School of Adolfo Ibáñez University, in Santiago, Chile, as Assistant Professor. Jose is the author, along with Sophie Pelle, of "Capabilities for the Miserable; Happiness for the Satisfied," available as Center working paper 2011-05, and his paper titled "Observing Attitudes, Intentions, and Expectations (1945-1973)" will appear in the 2012 supplemental issue of HOPE.

Tiago Mata, a fellow of the Center for 2010-2011, has been awarded a 5-year grant by the European Research Council, Starting Grant programs. In spring 2012 he will join the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge to administer the grant. The title of his project is "Economics in the Public Sphere: USA, UK, France, Poland and Brazil since 1945." Tiago is one of the organizers of the 2012 HOPE conference, "The Economist as Public Intellectual."

Teresa Tomas Rangil, a fellow of the Center in the Fall of 2011, will join the University of Oxford's Faculty of History in spring 2012 as a two-year postdoctoral fellow to work on a project titled "War, Peace and Poverty in the 20th Century." Her article titled "Conflict as 'Normal Economic Activity': The Contribution of Jack Hirshleifer, 1925-2005," appears in the winter 2011 issue of HOPE. Her paper titled "The Politics of Neutrality: UNESCO's Social Science Department, 1946-1956," is available as Center working paper 2011-08. Rangil's thesis "The Role of Self-Interest and Rationality in the Explanation of International and Civil Wars, 1942-2005" was awarded the Joseph Dorfman Best Dissertation Prize at the 2011 History of Economics Socirty meetings.

Hayek Lecture Series - Fall 2011

Hayek Lecture Series - Fall 2011

The Hayek Lecture Series is sponsored by the Center for the History of Political Economy, the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program, and the Program in American Values and Institutions. All events are open to the public.

Reason magazine editors Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie spoke on September 29 at 4:30 pm in Social Science Room 136 on "The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America".

Journalist and author Nicholas Wapshott spoke on November 3 at 3:00 pm in 0012 Westbrook Building (in the basement of the Divinity School), on “Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics”.

The fellows of 2011-2012

The fellows of 2011-2012

The Center for the History of Political Economy is proud to announce the fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Our new and continuing fellows this year include:

Senior Research Fellows:
Steve Meardon
Harro Maas (Fall 2011)
Tiago Mata (Fall 2011)
Philip Mirowski (Spring 2012)

Research Fellows:
Shiri Cohen
Eddie Nik-Khah
Emily Skarbek
Teresa Tomas Rangil (Fall 2011)
Viviana Di Giovinazzo (Fall 2011)

There will also be Visiting Scholars who come to Duke for short periods, usually to work in the Archives.
Till Duppe, University of Hamburg (September 2011)
Robert Cord, University of Cambridge (November 2011)

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