Michelle P. Connolly

Michelle P. Connolly

Professor of the Practice of Economics

External Address: 
207 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1819
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Students can schedule appointments with me at  https://michelleconnolly.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php

Michelle P. Connolly is Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Duke University. She was the Economics Director of Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions Program for 2007-2009 and the Director of EcoTeach for several years. She currently serves as the Director of the Honors Program in Economics and a member of the Duke Alumni Association Board.

In 2011, Professor Connolly won the Howard D. Johnson Trinity College Teaching Prize and was named among the top five percent of Duke University Undergraduate Instructors in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2017.

Professor Connolly previously served as Chief Economist of the Federal Communications Commission in 2006-2007 and 2008-2009, and as an Economist for the International Research Function for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1996 to 1997. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Yale University in 1990, and went on to earn her M.A. and M.Phil in economics. Professor Connolly received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1996.

Professor Connolly’s research and teaching focus specifically on international trade, telecommunications policy, media policy, education, growth, and development. She has received funding for her research from the National Science Foundation, the Duke Arts and Sciences Research Council Grants, the Spencer Grant, and the Teagle Grant. 

Professor Connolly has published in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal:  Macroeconomics, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Economic Growth, the Review of Industrial Organization, and Current Issues in Economics and Finance.

In 2011, Professor Connolly testified before Congress and participated in a White House panel on Spectrum Issues. She has been presenting her work at university seminars and international conferences since 1996. Some of her appearances were at the ACLP Advanced Communications 2009 Summit, where she was a panelist and moderator, at the conference on “Wireless Technologies: Enabling Innovation and Economic Growth”, where she served as a keynote panelist, and at the Martin H. Crego Lecture in Economics, an all college Lecture at Vassar College. In 2013 Professor Connolly was awarded a National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Grant, “Dollars for Hertz: Making Trustworthy Spectrum Sharing Technically and Economically Viable.”


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1996
  • M.Phil., Yale University 1993
  • M.A., Yale University 1992
  • B.A., Yale University 1990

Connolly, M, Lee, C, and Tan, R. "The Digital Divide and Other Economic Considerations for Network Neutrality." Review of Industrial Organization 50, no. 4 (June 2017): 537-554. Full Text

Connolly, M, and Yi, K-M. "How Much of South Korea’s Growth Miracle Can Be Explained by Trade Policy?." American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 7, no. 4 (October 2015): 188-221. Full Text

Dowd, JE, Connolly, MP, Thompson, RJ, and Reynolds, JA. "Improved Reasoning in Undergraduate Writing through Structured Workshops." The Journal of Economic Education 46, no. 1 (January 2, 2015): 14-27. Full Text

Connolly, M. "The 80th Anniversary of the 1934 Communications Act and the Inception of the Federal Communications Commission." Review of Industrial Organization 45, no. 3 (November 2014): 201-202. Full Text

Connolly, M, and Prieger, JE. "A Basic Analysis of Entry and Exit in the US Broadband Market, 2005–2008." Review of Network Economics 12, no. 3 (January 4, 2013). Full Text

Connolly, M, and Prieger, J. "Economics at the FCC, 2008–2009: Broadband and Merger Review." Review of Industrial Organization 35, no. 4 (December 2009): 387-417. Full Text

Sá, N, Connolly, M, and Peretto, P. "SUSTAINING THE GOOSE THAT LAYS THE GOLDEN EGG: A CONTINUOUS TREATMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL TRANSFER." Scottish Journal of Political Economy 56, no. 4 (September 2009): 492-507. Full Text

Peretto, PF, and Connolly, M. "The Manhattan Metaphor." Journal of Economic Growth 12, no. 4 (November 29, 2007): 329-350. Full Text

Connolly, M, and Kwerel, E. "Economics at the federal communications commission: 2006-2007." Review of Industrial Organization 31, no. 2 (2007): 107-120. Full Text

Connolly, M, and Valderrama, D. "Implications of Intellectual Property Rights for Dynamic Gains from Trade." American Economic Review 95, no. 2 (April 2005): 318-322. Full Text


Connolly, MP. "Review of "Intellectual Property and Development" ed. Fink and Maskus." Journal of Economic Literature June 2006 (July 2006).

Connolly, MP. "Proposed FCC Incentive Spectrum Auctions: The Importance of Re-optimizing Spectrum Use." In Communications Law and Policy in the Digital Age: The Next Five Years. Randolf, May 2012. (Chapter)

Connolly, MP, and Valderrama, D. "North-South Technological Diffusion and Dynamic Gains from Trade." (December 2004). (Working Paper)

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