Jacquelyn Pless


Jacquelyn Pless


Jacquelyn Pless is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and an Assistant Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research interests are in the economics of innovation, energy and environmental economics, and public economics.

Her research focuses on understanding how policy affects firm behavior and innovation outcomes, with a particular interest in clean energy innovation. Current projects concentrate on the role of public subsidies in driving private research and development investments and the direction of innovation. Other work examines renewable energy markets and how environmental policy impacts firm competitiveness.

She holds an MS and PhD in mineral and energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines, and a BA in economics and political science from the University of Vermont.


"Solar Photovoltaic Self-consumption in the UK Residential Sector: New Estimates from a Smart Grid Demonstration Project."

McKenna, Eoghan, Jacquelyn Pless, and Sarah J Darby. Energy Policy Vol. 118, (2018): 482-491.

"How to Make Your Post-Merger Reorg a Success."

Heidari-Robinson, Stephen, Suzanne Heywood, and Jacquelyn Pless. Harvard Business Review, June 2018.

"Encouraging Innovation that Protects Environmental Systems: Five Policy Proposals."

Hepburn, Cameron, Jacquelyn Pless, and David Popp. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Vol. 12, No. 1 (2018): 154-169. Download Paper.

"Bribes, Bureaucracies, and Blackouts: Towards Understanding How Firm-Level Corrupt Behavior Impacts Electricity Reliability."

Pless, Jacquelyn, and Harrison Fell. Resource and Energy Economics Vol. 47, (2017): 36-55.

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