Alison Kelly, PhD

Professor, Economics

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  • PhD, Boston College
  • MA, University of Southern California
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests

  • Productivity Growth
  • Issues in Education
  • Applied Statistical Methods

Employment History

  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA Professor (2003-present) Associate Professor (1997-2003) Assistant Professor (1992-1997)
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA Adjunct Professor (1991-present)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®, 2003)
  • Boston Security Analyst Society Curriculum Coordinator and Instructor (2001-present)


  • “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

  • EC 122 - Consumer and Financial Economics
  • EC 723 - Economics of Regulation
  • EC 802 - Teaching Workshop
  • STATS 250 - Applied Statistics
  • STATS 350 - Applied Statistical Methods