Jessica Jeffers studies empirical corporate finance. Her interests include human capital and investment decisions, in particular entrepreneurship and social enterprise. She has written about the impact of non-compete agreements on investment and entrepreneurship, and about “impact investing” in private equity funds.
She has been awarded the AQR Capital Management Top Finance Graduate Award and the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship for entrepreneurship studies. Since 2015, she has also participated in LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Challenge, an initiative to leverage LinkedIn’s unique data to study (and ultimately improve access to) economic opportunity.
She earned a PhD in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in economics and mathematics from Yale University. Outside of academia, Jeffers has worked in management consulting for the financial industry.