Nicholas Jolly

Nicholas  Jolly
Nicholas JollyMarquette University

O'Brien Hall, 240D

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7576
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Jolly joined Marquette University in 2012. He received his Ph.D. and MA in economics from the University of Connecticut, and he received his BS in managerial economics from Bentley University. Prior to joining Marquette, Dr. Jolly worked for two years as an economist at the Connecticut Department of Labor and as a lecturer for three years at Central Michigan University.

Dr. Jolly is an applied labor economist and primarily studies the various determinants of an individual’s earnings and income. He has published several papers on the experiences of workers who suffer from job displacement and on the distributional impacts of strengthening collective bargaining agreements in the NBA. Dr. Jolly has also published a book chapter on the general determinants of wages. His current research focuses on the labor market and familial impacts of work-limiting disabilities and the effect that final offer salary arbitration has on the salaries within Major League Baseball.


  • Ph.D. – Economics, University of Connecticut, 2008
  • MA – Economics, University of Connecticut, 2005
  • BS – Managerial Economics, Bentley University, 2003

Professional Interests

  • Labor economics
  • Applied microeconomics
  • Job displacement
  • Disability
  • Sports economics

Selected Publications

Jolly, Nicholas A.  2022.  “The Effects of Job Displacement on Spousal Health.”  Review of Economics of the Household 20(2022): 123-152.

Brendemuehl, Nikki, and Nicholas A. Jolly.  2021.  “Gender Differences in the Returns to Education for Married Couples.”  BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 21(4): 1257-1288.

Jolly, Nicholas A.  2019.  “Female Earnings and the Returns to Spousal Education over Time.”  Journal of Family and Economic Issues 40(4): 691-709.

Hill, J. Richard, and Nicholas A. Jolly.  2017.  “Revenue Sharing and Player Salaries in Major League Baseball.”  Journal of Sports Economics 18(8): 831-849.

Jolly, Nicholas A., and Brian J. Phelan.  2017.  “The Long-Run Effects of Job Displacement on Sources of Health Insurance Coverage.”  Journal of Labor Research 38(2): 187-205.

Hanson, Andrew, Nicholas A. Jolly, and Jeremy Peterson.  2017.  “Safety Regulation in Professional Football: Empirical Evidence of Intended and Unintended Consequences.”  Journal of Health Economics 53(2017): 87-99.