Jacquelyn Pless


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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.


"Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Energy Sector."

Popp, David, Jacquelyn Pless, Ivan Hascic, and Nicholas Johnstone. In The Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth, edited by Aaron Chatterji, Josh Lerner, Michael J. Andrews, and Scott Stern, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming.

"Bringing Rigour to Energy Innovation Policy Evaluation."

Pless, Jacquelyn, Cameron Hepburn, and Niall Farrell. Nature Energy Vol. 5, No. 4 (2020): 284-290.

"Information Searching in the Residential Solar PV Market."

Sigrin, Benjamin, Jacquelyn Pless, and Harrison Fell. The Energy Journal Vol. 41, No. 4 (2020): 255-266.

"Addressing the Soft Cost Challenge in U.S. Small-Scale Solar PV System Pricing."

O’Shaughnessy, Eric, Gregory F. Nemet, Jacquelyn Pless, and Robert Margolis. Energy Policy Vol. 134, (2019): 1-8.

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