Laura E. Connolly

Laura E Connolly


  • Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Business
  • PhD, Economics, University of Alabama
  • BA, Mathematics/Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Laura Connolly joined Michigan Tech's College of Business in 2018. She is an applied microeconomist with research interests in labor and demographic economics and public policy. Her current research focuses on understanding labor market outcomes across different populations, particularly gender differences, and the interaction between public policy and labor dynamics. Dr. Connolly has also contributed to several externally funded economic impact studies focused on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Through her experience teaching economic decision analysis, she developed a passion for helping students develop their financial and economic literacy skills to understand the importance of personal finance. In addition to her teaching and research, she serves as the faculty advisor for the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and as a member of Breakwater Federal Credit Union's audit supervisory committee. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, boating, and watching college football and basketball.

Teaching Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Decision Analysis
  • Microeconomic Theory 

Research Interests

  • Labor Economics
  • Economics of Gender
  • Public Policy
  • Applied Microeconomics