Michelle P. Connolly
Professor of the Practice of Economics
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 (January 1, 2015): 188–221. https://doi.org/10.1257/mac.20120197. Full Text
Dowd, J. E., M. P. Connolly, R. J. Thompson, and J. A. Reynolds. “Improved reasoning in undergraduate writing through structured workshops.” Journal of Economic Education 46, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 14–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220485.2014.978924. 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 (September 27, 2014): 201–2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11151-014-9440-1. Full Text
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
Panelist for "Transportation Applications of the Radio Frequency Spectrum," Comparing Spectrum Valuations Across Multiple Potential Users. Economics of Transportation in the 21st Century. NBER and U.S. Department of Transportation. March 12, 2020
“Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: Evaluating Recent Government Reports,”“Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: Evaluating Recent Government Reports”. International Center for Law and Economics and the University of Utrecht School of L...
Panelist for “Identifying Efficiencies and Remedying Competitive Harms in Broadband Markets” . FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. Federal Trade Commission. March 20, 2019
Panelist for “Antitrust vs. other Competition Regulation”. “Have We Exceeded the Limits of Antitrust?” Conference. International Center for Law and Economics and University of Leeds . October 26, 2018
TWC SBE: Medium: Collaborative: Dollars for Hertz: Making Trustworthy Spectrum Sharing Technically and Economically Viab awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018
Collaborative Research: Understanding the Role of Writing in Promoting Learning and Engagement for Diverse Thesis Writer awarded by National Science Foundation (Faculty Member). 2012 to 2016