I am an Assistant Professor in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, holding the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professorship of Entrepreneurship. I am also an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Oxford, Research Affiliate of CESifo, and a Kenan Institute Distinguished Fellow on stakeholder capitalism.

My interests are in the economics of innovation, energy and environmental economics, and public economics. In particular, my research explores the drivers of innovation for social progress with a focus on energy and environmental innovation. Most of my current projects are examining the effects of policies, management, and their interactions on firms’ and scientists’ innovations and decision-making.

Before joining academia, I held various positions in the public and private sectors. I worked in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and National Conference of State Legislators supporting state and tribal governments on energy policy and project finance issues, and as a research economist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. I was also the Head of Analytics for a boutique consulting firm helping companies through their reorganizations.

email: jpless@mit.edu