Jessica Simon

Lecturer

Academic Division: Economics
781-239-3981

Bio

Dr. Simon is an education economist whose ongoing research concerns gender gaps in self-employment outcomes for U.S. Millennials, including monetary and non-monetary returns to education, occupational sorting, and implications for young ​families. Her work in this area, co-authored with Dr. Megan Way, has been published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues and Gender in Management. Other current work concerns the association between business and entrepreneurship education and successful self-employment outcomes. A recent report funded by the Davis Educational Foundation and co-authored with Drs. Polutnik and Way explored cost containment strategies in higher education, their relationship to institutional mission, and the use of data-driven tools to improve decision making related to cost containment. Before joining Babson as full-time faculty, Dr. Simon taught economics at Boston University and on an adjunct basis at Babson College. Her past research and consulting experience focused on early literacy, effectiveness of STEM initiatives, cost-effectiveness in education, and development and fundraising in higher education. Dr. Simon earned her Ph.D. in economics and education from Columbia University in 2011. She is a graduate of Brandeis University’s B.A./M.A. program in economics, where she also earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Columbia University
  • M.Phil, Columbia University
  • MA, Brandeis University
  • BA, Brandeis University

Academic Interests

Economics of Education; Education Finance; Gender; Gender Studies; Self-employment and Entrepreneurship

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 - Highly Commended Paper, 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, Emerald Publishing

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • ECN 7200: BL2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
  • ECN 3663: ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION

Degree Courses 2015-2016

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Simon, J.K., Way, M.M. (2016). Why the Gap? Determinants of Self-Employment Earnings Differentials for Male and Female Millennials in the US Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37(2), 297-312. link
  • Simon, J.K., Way, M.M. (2015). Working from home and the gender gap in earnings for self-employed US Millennials. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30(3), 206-224. link

Book Reviews

  • Simon, J.K. (2014). Food Security: Beyond Calories. A review of Reclaiming Food Security. Journal of International Affairs, Vol 67, 201-203.

Reports

  • Polutnik, L., Way, M.M., Simon, J.K. (2016). Containing costs while enhancing the educational mission: A study of best practices for small private colleges. Davis Educational Foundation

Presentations

  • Using Analytics for Mission-Driven Capacity Management and Cost Containment in Small Colleges
    Polutnik, L., Way, M., Simon, J. Using Analytics for Mission-Driven Capacity Management and Cost Containment in Small Colleges NERA Annual Conference, Trumbull, CT (2017)
  • Containing Costs While Advancing the Educational Mission: A Study of Best Practices for Small Private Colleges
    Polutnik, L., Way, M., Simon, J. Containing Costs While Advancing the Educational Mission: A Study of Best Practices for Small Private Colleges Babson Faculty Research Chat, Babson Park, MA (2016)
  • What do mission statements and strategic plans suggest about cost containment in higher education? The case of small, private US institutions
    Polutnik, L., Simon, J., Way, M. What do mission statements and strategic plans suggest about cost containment in higher education? The case of small, private US institutions Association for Education Finance and Policy, Denver, CO (2016)
  • Returns to education for self-employed US Millennials and the self-employment gender earnings gap: A quantile regression approach
    Way, M. Returns to education for self-employed US Millennials and the self-employment gender earnings gap: A quantile regression approach Population Association of America, Washington, DC (2016)
  • Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach
    Way, M., Simon, J. Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach Population Association of America Conference 2016, Washington, D.C. (2016)
  • Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Gender Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach
    Simon, J., Way, M. Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Gender Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach UMass Lowell Department of Economics Seminar, Lowell, MA (2016)
  • Economic Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Gender Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach
    Simon, J., Way, M. Economic Returns to Education for Self-Employed US Millennials and the Self-Employment Gender Earnings Gap: A Quantile Regression Approach Babson Faculty Research Chat, Babson College (2015)
  • Gendered location choices and earnings outcomes for self-employed U.S. Millennials
    Way, M., Simon, J. Gendered location choices and earnings outcomes for self-employed U.S. Millennials Diana International Research Conference, Stockholm, Sweden (2014)
  • Gendered Location Choices and Earnings Outcomes for Self-Employed US Millennials
    Simon, J., Way, M. Gendered Location Choices and Earnings Outcomes for Self-Employed US Millennials Diana International Research Conference 2014, Stockholm, Sweden (2014)
  • The Earnings Gender Gap for Self-Employed Millennials: Evidence from the NLSY 97
    Simon, J., Way, M. The Earnings Gender Gap for Self-Employed Millennials: Evidence from the NLSY 97 Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Are we having fun yet? Evaluation and lessons learned from Vanished, the MIT-Smithsonian Science Mystery Game
    Feeley, C., Osterweil, S., Simon, J. Are we having fun yet? Evaluation and lessons learned from Vanished, the MIT-Smithsonian Science Mystery Game Games + Learning + Society (GLS 8.0) Conference, Madison, WI (2012)