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 served as one of two Arts & Sciences faculty members of the Duke Alumni Association Board from 2012-2016. Professor Connolly currently serves as the Director of the Honors Program in Economics.

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., and J. Prieger. “Economics at the FCC, 2008-2009: Broadband and merger review.” Review of Industrial Organization 35, no. 4 (December 1, 2009): 387–417. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11151-009-9228-x. Full Text

Sá, N., M. Connolly, and P. Peretto. “Sustaining the goose that lays the golden egg: A continuous treatment of technological transfer.” Scottish Journal of Political Economy 56, no. 4 (November 23, 2009): 492–507. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2009.00495.x. Full Text

Peretto, P. F., and M. Connolly. “The Manhattan metaphor.” Journal of Economic Growth 12, no. 4 (December 1, 2007): 329–50. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10887-007-9023-1. Full Text

Connolly, M., and E. Kwerel. “Economics at the federal communications commission: 2006-2007.” Review of Industrial Organization 31, no. 2 (September 1, 2007): 107–20. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11151-007-9149-5. Full Text

Connolly, M., and D. Valderrama. “Implications of intellectual property rights for dynamic gains from trade.” American Economic Review 95, no. 2 (May 1, 2005): 318–22. https://doi.org/10.1257/000282805774670022. Full Text

Connolly, M. “Human capital and growth in the postbellum South: A separate but unequal story.” Journal of Economic History 64, no. 2 (June 1, 2004): 363–99. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050704002736. Full Text

Connolly, M. “The dual nature of trade: Measuring its impact on imitation and growth.” Journal of Development Economics 72, no. 1 (January 1, 2003): 31–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0304-3878(03)00067-1. Full Text

Connolly, M, and Peretto, PF. "Industry and the family: Two engines of growth." Journal of Economic Growth 8, no. 1 (2003): 115-148. Full Text

Connolly, Michelle P., and Jenessa Gunther. “Mercosur: Implications for Growth in Member Countries.” Current Issues in Economics and Finance 5, no. 7 (May 1999).

Connolly, Michelle P. “Technological Diffusion Through Trade and Imitation.” Frb of New York Staff Report, no. 20 (February 1997).