Alison Kelly, PhD

Professor, Economics

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  • PhD, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • MA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Research Interests

  • Applied Statistical Methods
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Business Analytics

Employment History

  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA
    Professor of Economics (2003-present)
    Associate Professor of Economics (1997-2003)
    Assistant Professor of Economics (1992-1997)
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Adjunct Professor (1991 – 2013, 2016)

  • Citizens Financial Group, Boston, MA
    Consultant for Model Validation Group (2014 – 2016)
  • CFA Society Boston, Boston, MA
    Instructor (2001 – 2014)
    Curriculum Coordinator (2001 – 2007)



  • Business Analytics – Communicating with Numbers, co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia, Kevin Lertwachara,
    and Leida Chen, McGraw-Hill Publishers (2021).
  • Business Statistics – Communicating with Numbers, co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia, McGraw-Hill
    Publishers (2011, 2016, 2019).
  • Essentials of Business Statistics – Communicating with Numbers, co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia,
    McGraw-Hill Publishers (2014, 2020).


  • “Student Performance in an Introductory Business Statistics Course: Does Delivery Mode Matter?” co- authored with Jonathan Haughton, in Journal of Education for Business, 90 (January 2015).
  • “Modeling Skewness and Elongation in Financial Returns: The Case of Exchange-Traded Funds,” co- authored with Sanjiv Jaggia, in Applied Financial Economics, 19 (August-September 2009).
  • “Practical Considerations when Estimating in the Presence of Autocorrelation,” co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia, Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics, 2:1, (May 2008).
  • “Modeling aggregate productivity growth: A note on returns to scale,” in Focus on Economic Growth and Productivity, ed. L.A. Finley, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2005.
  • “A Note on Modeling Aggregate Productivity Growth: The Importance of Imperfect Markets,” The Journal of Macroeconomics, 23 (Winter 2001).
  • “The Use of Frontier Estimation in Direct Marketing,” co-authored with Dominique Haughton, Jonathan Haughton and Tim Moriarty, Journal of Interactive Marketing, 14 (April 2000).
  • “An Analysis of the Factors that Influence Student Performance: A Fresh Approach to an Old Debate,” co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia, Contemporary Economic Policy, 17 (April 1999).
  • “Patterns of State Productivity Growth in the U.S. Farm Sector: Linking State and Aggregate Models”, co-authored with Frank Gollop, Eldon Ball and Greg Swinand, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81 (February 1999).
  • “Sectoral productivity growth and price-marginal cost margins in the intermediate goods market,” Review of Income and Wealth, 43 (June 1997).


  • “Skewness and Kurtosis – An examination of Exchange-traded funds’ returns using g and h distributions.”
  • “Practical Considerations when Estimating in the Presence of Autocorrelation” (co-authored with Sanjiv Jaggia).
  • “Exploring the Relationship between Regional Productivity Growth and Wage Differentials: The United States Farm Sector 1960-90.”
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Courses Taught

  • EC101 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC111 – Financial and Consumer Economics
  • EC122 – Poverty and Inequality
  • EC311 – Intermediate Microeconomics
  • EC403 – Industrial Organization and Antitrust
  • EC450 – Applied Econometrics
  • EC711 – Applied Microeconomics
  • EC723 – Economics of Regulation
  • EC750 – Econometrics
  • EC801 – Teaching Workshop
  • STATS250 – Applied Statistics
  • STATS350 – Applied Statistical Methods