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.

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"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.

"Environmental Regulation and Productivity Are Not Always at Odds: Evidence from Firms in China."

Lu, Yangsiyu, and Jacquelyn Pless, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6487-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2021.

"Improving Infrastructure Quality with Smart Technology."

Meeks, Robyn, Jacquelyn Pless, and Zhenxuan Wang, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6490-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2021.

"Innovation for Social Progress: When Imperfect Appropriability Meets Incorrect Prices."

Pless, Jacquelyn, and Sugandha Srivastav, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6489-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, 2021.

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