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Jessica K. Simon  


Ph.D. Columbia University
M.A. Brandeis University
B.A.  Brandeis University
Academic Division

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.