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Kelly Chen, Ph.D.

Kelly Chen

Associate Professor, Economics • (208) 426-3346 • Mail Stop: 1620
Office Number: MBEB 3205

Kelly Chen joined Boise State University in 2015. Her research interests lie in the field of applied microeconomics on issues related to the labor market, and health, educational and welfare policies. Her current work focuses on the economics of disability, inter-generational transmission of economic status, determinants of child health and development, and decision-making within families.

Prior to joining Boise State University, Kelly spent the previous two years as an economist at Digonex Technologies, Inc. developing pricing optimization solution in serving a variety of clients from Broadway musicals, collegiate and professional sports, to retail. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and an M.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada.

Kelly Chen’s CV


Ph.D., Economics, Dalhousie University

M.A., Economics, University of Manitoba

M.A., Industrial Economics, South China Normal University

B.A., Economics, Zhengzhou University

Teaching Experience

Graduate Level

  • Advanced Econometrics (ECON 522; 4 credit hours)
  • Mathematics for Economists (ECON 501)
  • Microeconomic Theory I (ECON 511)

Undergraduate/Graduate Level

  • Health Economics (ECON 440/540)
  • Managerial Economics and Business Strategy (ECON 465/565)
  • Econometrics (ECON 342; 4 credit hours)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 303)
  • How to Price? Pricing Strategies (ECON/MKTG 497)

Featured Publications

“Why Do We Inflate Grades? The Effect of Adjunct Faculty Employment on Grading Practices” (with Zeynep Hansen and Scott Lowe) Journal of Human Resources (Forthcoming).

“Unequal Opportunities and Public Policy: The Impact of Parental Disability Benefits on Child Post-Secondary Attendance” (with Lars Osberg and Shelley Phipps) Canadian Journal of Economics (Forthcoming).

“Inter-Generational Effects of Disability Benefits – Evidence from Canadian Social Assistance Programs” (with Lars Osberg and Shelley Phipps) Journal of Population Economics 28.4 (2015) 873-910 (Lead Article).

“Young in Class: Implications for Inattentive/Hyperactive Behavior of Canadian Boys and Girls” (with Nicole Fortin and Shelley Phipps) Canadian Journal of Economics 48.5 (2015).

“Child Health and Parental Paid Work” (with Peter Burton, Lynn Lethbridge and Shelley Phipps) Review of Economics of the Household (2014). doi: 10.1007/s11150-014-9251-z