I am an Assistant Professor in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management group at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship. My research interests are in the economics of innovation, energy and environmental economics, and public finance. Most of my work studies the drivers and consequences of innovation for social progress — innovation that protects people and the planet — with a focus on energy and environmental innovation. One of my current obsessions is understanding how externality interdependencies and policy interactions shape firms’ and individuals’ incentives to innovate, and especially how they steer the direction of innovation.

I teach courses on innovation strategy and entrepreneurship, including a class specifically for climate and energy entrepreneurs, and I was recently named a Best 40-Under-40 Business School Professor by Poets & Quants. I am also an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Oxford, a Research Affiliate of CESifo, and an Invited Researcher with J-PAL’s Science for Progress Initiative.

Before joining MIT, I held various positions in the public and private sectors working on energy and environmental policy issues as well as helping companies design and manage their reorganizations.

Contact
email: jpless@mit.edu