Thomas M Kelly

Director - Center for Business & Economic Research

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4146
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76798-8003
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation¬†320.11

Educational Background

  • PHD - Economics, Oklahoma State Univ Stillwater
  • MA - Economics, Baylor University
  • BA - Economics, Rice University

Work Experience

  • Professor, Baylor University (August 1, 1985 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Baylor University (August 1, 1969 - July 31, 1985)


  • Litigation, Legal firms, Waco (January 2000 - January 2014)


Tom was born in Houston, Texas where he resided until graduating from Rice University with a BA in economics in 1962. Upon graduation he attended Baylor University for his MA in economics, serving as a instructor while completing his classwork. After working in Washington D.C. he attended Oklahoma State University for his Ph.D. He came to Baylor in Fall, 1969 and has served on the Baylor faculty continously since that time.


Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Economic Impact of Baylor University of Central Texas," (September 2015).

"Economic Forecast of Central Texas," (2015).

"Economic Impact of Heart of Texas Colliseum," (2015).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Profile of Poverty in the City of Waco," (2014).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Causes of Poverty in Waco, Texas," (2014).

"Profile of Poverty in Waco Texas."

"2013 Economic Impact of Baylor Athletic Department."

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Growth Abounds; A forecast of the Texas Labor Market 2012-2015." Economic outlook p. 19

Presentations and Proceedings

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