Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Jean Lee is an Associate Research Scientist/Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Financial Access Initiative at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Prior to joining the Financial Access Initiative, she was a consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where she worked on issues primarily around growth and labor markets in developing countries. Her prior research in development economics includes a field study of small businesses and entrepreneurial decision-making in rural Kenya and an impact evaluation in urban Zambia, and her current research includes studies of the financial lives of poor U.S. and Bangladeshi households. She received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2010.
Corporate Finance and Public Policy
This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance.