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

Sá, Nelson, and Michelle P. Connolly. “An Economic Model of Tiered Spectrum Access,” September 23, 2018.

Connolly, Michelle, Elizabeth Lim, Frances Mitchell, and Akshaya Trivedi. “The 2016 FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction,” March 16, 2018.

Connolly, Michelle P., Nelson Sá, Azeem Zaman, Christopher Roark, and Akshaya Trivedi. “The Evolution of U.S. Spectrum Values Over Time,” February 12, 2018.

Connolly, Michelle P., Nelson Sá, Azeem Zaman, Christopher Roark, and Akshaya Trivedi. “The Evolution of U.S. Spectrum Values Over Time.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, no. 247 (February 12, 2018). Open Access Copy

Jamison, Mark A., Michelle P. Connolly, Gerald R. Faulhaber, Janice Alane Hauge, and James E. Prieger. “Economic Scholars' Summary of Economic Literature Regarding Title II Regulation of the Internet,” July 17, 2017.

Connolly, Michelle, Clement Lee, and Renhao Tan. “The Digital Divide and Other Economic Considerations for Network Neutrality.” Review of Industrial Organization 50, no. 4 (June 2017): 537–54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11151-016-9554-8. Full Text

Connolly, M., and K. -. M. Yi. “How Much of South Korea's Growth Miracle can be Explained by Trade Policy?American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 7, no. 4 (October 1, 2015): 188–221.

Dowd, J. E., M. P. Connolly, R. J. Thompson, and J. A. Reynolds. “Improved Reasoning in Undergraduate Writing through Structured Workshops.” The Journal of Economic Education 46, no. 1 (January 2, 2015): 14–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220485.2014.978924. Full Text Open Access Copy

Connolly, M., and J. E. Prieger. “A basic analysis of entry and exit in the US broadband market, 2005-2008.” Review of Network Economics 12, no. 3 (January 1, 2013): 229–70. https://doi.org/10.1515/rne-2013-0001. Full Text


Connolly, M. P. “Review of "Intellectual Property and Development" ed. Fink and Maskus.” Journal of Economic Literature, July 2006.

Connolly, M. P. “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, 2012.

Connolly, M. P., and D. Valderrama. “North-South Technological Diffusion and Dynamic Gains from Trade.” FRB San Francisco, December 2004.


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