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Kelly Chen, PhD

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

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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.

She 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 a M.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba, Canada.


  • PhD, Economics, Dalhousie University
  • MA, Economics, University of Manitoba
  • MA, Industrial Economics, South China Normal University
  • BA, Economics, Zhengzhou University

Teaching Areas

  • Econometrics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Managerial Economics and Strategy

Featured Publications

  • Chen, Kelly, Nicole Fortin, and Shelly Phipps. "Young in Class: Implications for Inattentive/Hyperactive Behavior of Canadian Boys and Girls." Canadian Journal of Economics 48.5 (2015). (Forthcoming)
  • Chen, Kelly, Lars Osberg, and Shelley Phipps. "Inter-generational effects of disability benefits: evidence from Canadian social assistance programs." Journal of Population Economics 28.4 (2015): 873-910. (Lead Article)
  • Burton, Peter, Kelly Chen, Lynn Lethbridge and Shelley Phipps. "Child Health and Parental Paid Work." Review of Economics of the Household (2014). doi: 10.1007/s11150-014-9251-z