Visiting Lecturer / Senior Fellow
Research Interests: international business, market and non-market strategy, political and economic sociology, comparative and international political economy, institutions and culture
Jason Jackson is a Visiting Lecturer and Senior Fellow in the Management Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wharton's Lauder Institute. His main areas of research interest are in the social and political dimensions of international business, market and non-market strategy, political and economic sociology, and comparative and international political economy. Jason teaches a course entitled Comparative Management: the International Dimensions of Business at Wharton.
Jason's research focuses on the historical origins and evolution of the institutional arrangements that shape relations between business and the state. It assesses the implications of business-government relations for economic policy, firm strategy and market competition.
Jason completed his Ph.D. in Political Economy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his dissertation was entitled The Political Economy of Foreign Investment: Constructing Cultural Categories of Capitalist Legitimacy in India. The dissertation analyzes the formal and informal institutions that shaped foreign investment policy and firm strategy in the Indian economy from the late 19th century through the current period of economic liberalization. It identifies non-material sources of economic interests and policy preferences in cognitive and cultural schemas: rationalized belief systems that embody causal economic ideas imbued with historically salient social meaning. The dissertation shows how these schemas are created and deployed by strategic political and economic actors seeking to shape their institutional environment. Jason's subsequent research in this area places FDI institutions and the relative performance of domestic and multinational firms in India in comparative perspective with China and Brazil.
Jason also holds an AB in Economics from Princeton University, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has won fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council and the UK-based Overseas Development Institute, and has worked with a variety of private, non-governmental and multilateral organizations in the Caribbean, South Africa and the United States.