Dr. Amel Ben Abdesslem has been a faculty member at Marymount University since 2017. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux (France). She also holds a B.S. in Economics and two master's degrees in International Economics and Finance.
Her main research interests are focused on industrial policy, cluster policy, economic growth, innovation, and monetary unions. She has manipulated large datasets and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. For instance, she used quantitative skills to analyze the selection process of a cluster policy through a logit model, and to capture its impact on firms' performance in the optic/photonic industry by combining a propensity score matching procedure and a differences-in-differences estimation. This work was published in 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal Regional Studies and was supported by a public grant overseen by the French National Research Agency. She collaborates with the University of Bordeaux on research projects related to competitiveness.
Dr. Ben Abdesslem has been teaching economics at several institutions since 2009. She has received a Turnitin Global Innovation Award in 2018 for her efforts to address academic integrity issues, and she offers her economic expertise to the ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys.