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Jennifer Kao

Assistant Professor of Strategy
“I examine how public policies and regulatory interventions shape firm strategy and innovation.”
Areas of Expertise:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care
  • Innovation
  • Public Policy
  • Research and Development
  • Strategy
  • Technology


Jennifer Kao is an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She co-teaches business strategy to MBA students. Her research interests are in the economics of innovation and science, firm strategy and health care.

Her work seeks to understand how information and regulation shape firms’ incentives to innovate. For example, a recent project explores how publicly available scientific information shapes the rate, direction and profitability of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. Other projects examine how drug approval regulation shapes firms’ market entry strategies.

Kao received her Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard, where she was a National Bureau of Economic Research Predoctoral Fellow in the Economics of Health and Aging and the International Network on the Value of Medical Research. She holds a B.S. in business administration from UC Berkeley and M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics.



Ph.D. Public Policy, 2019, Harvard University
M.Sc. Economics, 2012, London School of Economics
B.S. Business Administration, 2010, UC Berkeley


Research in Progress

“Competition and Disclosure Incentives: Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry”

“R&D Decisions for New Medical Technologies: Evidence from New Uses of Existing Drugs and Off-Label Drug Use”

“Regulatory Incentives for Pharmaceutical Innovation: the FDA's Breakthrough Therapy” (with Amitabh Chandra, Kathleen Miller, and Ariel D. Stern)