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Jessica Simon

Lecturer

Academic Division: Economics
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Bio

Dr. Simon is an economist of education whose past research and consulting experience has​ focused on early literacy, effectiveness of STEM initiatives, the cost effectiveness of education programs, and development and fundraising in higher education. Her 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. She is interested in generational shifts in these outcomes as well as the role of entrepreneurship education in encouraging successful self-employment. Her existing 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 research concerns cost containment strategies in higher education. Before joining Babson as full-time faculty, Dr. Simon taught economics at Boston University and on an adjunct basis at Babson College. 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

Economic Education; Finance; Gender; Gender Studies

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • ECN 3663: ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
  • ECN 2000: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • ECN 3663: ECONOMICS OF EDUCATION
  • ECN 2000: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
  • ECN 7200: BL2 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
  • ECN 3655: MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
  • SME 2031: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Simon, J.K., Way, M.M. (2015). Why the Gap? Determinants of Self-employment Earnings Differentials for Male and Female Millennials in the US. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Online First, 16. 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.

Presentations

  • 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)