The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.


Catherine Gonzalez is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at Duke University. Prior to this academic pursuit, she gained experience as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia under the guidance of Pablo D’Erasmo, where her focus was on commercial real estate and firm dynamics. Additionally, she served as a research assistant for Laura Castillo-Martinez at Duke University, contributing to research related to firm dynamics, firm exit, and trade credit. Her academic background includes a B.A. from Kenyon College in Ohio. Catherine Gonzalez's ongoing research interests encompass firm dynamics, income inequality, trade dynamics, economic development, and mobility.


In addition to my academic pursuits, I have a number of interests and activities. I am an avid sports fan (Go Blue Devils!) as I was a Division III college athlete myself. I really enjoy traveling the world and experiencing new cultures, and I am very blessed to have been able to do so. I grew up in a very small town in Southwest Louisiana named Crowley that is mainly a farming community with very strong southern influences. Growing up in such a small, rural community and in my amazing Cuban American family has shaped my economic interests immensely. Below you can find some photos of my travels, family, basketball days, and more!


2022 - Present
• Ph.D. Economics, Duke University
2018 – 2022
• B.A. Economics, Kenyon College (magna cum laude)
• B.A. Economics – Statistics, Kenyon College (magna cum laude)


Publications can be listed here

Working Papers

Working papers can be added here

Works In Progress

Declining Business Dynamism Across Industries


PhD Macroeconomic Core Course
Below are my office hours for Spring 2024. If you plan on attending, please send me an email ahead of time to let me know what you would like to discuss! In addition, TA Discussion
Sessions will be held every Tuesday 4:55 pm – 5:45 pm where we will discuss difficult homework problems and teach additional material.
Office Hours: SLACKING....


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