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Jessica Jeffers

Research Interests: empirical corporate finance, human capital, innovation, social impact investment

Links: CV

I am a PhD student and job market candidate in Wharton's Finance department. I will be available for interviews at the 2017 ASSA meetings in Chicago.

Phone: (603) 276-9074; Email:


The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Finance (current)

Yale University, BA in Economics & Mathematics, 2009

Research Interests:

Empirical Corporate Finance, Human Capital, Innovation, Social Impact Investment

Work in Progress:

"In With The Old and Out With the New: The Economic Impact of Restricting Labor Mobility" (JMP)

"Goodwill Hunting: Corporate Social Responsibility as an Investment"

"Connecting With Co-Workers: The Value of Within-Firm Networks" with Michael Lee

"Corporate Culture as an Implicit Contract" with Michael Lee


"In Pursuit of Good & Gold: Data Observations of Employee Ownership & Impact Investment" with Chris Geczy, David Musto and Anne Tucker, Seattle U. L. Rev. Vol. 40 (2016)

"Institutional Investing When Shareholders Are Not Supreme" with Chris Geczy, David Musto and Anne Tucker, Harvard Bus. L. Rev. Vol. 5 (2015)

"Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing" with Jacob Gray, Nick Ashburn and Harry Douglas, Wharton Social Impact Initiative Report (2015)


2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

2015-16 Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Fellowship

2015 LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge Winner

2015 CSWEP Summer Fellowship at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

2015 Irwin Friend Doctoral Fellowship (awarded for the best third year paper)

2014-15 Wharton Social Impact Initiative Grant

2014 Wharton Corporate Social Responsibility Fellowship

2013 Mack Institute Grant for Innovation Research

Other Positions: 

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Summer Fellow, 2015

Novantas LLC, Consulting Associate, 2009-2011