Candace Jens

Assistant Professor

Office 355
Phone 504.865.5042
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Professor Candace Jens is an assistant professor of finance at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Her research interests include firm investment and financing policies, how political uncertainty and connections affect firms, panel data econometrics, and the adaptation of machine learning techniques for causal inference. She teaches Investments in Equities in the spring semester to undergraduates and, every other fall semester, Corporate Finance and Econometrics to PhD students.


Professor Jens teaches the Investments in Equities class to undergraduate students, covering terminology surrounding what markets are and how they operate. The course also gets into models of asset pricing, cost of stocks, and industry standards around modeling.


Won 2012 Ross Prize for Best Paper

Professor Jens received recognition for her minor publication, "The Real Effects of Delisting: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design," in 2012.

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Winner of the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award for Undergraduate Education in 2016.

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Cutting-Edge Research

Professor Jens' research areas explore the impacts of evolving factors. Her political research examines the interplay between politics and the finance of businesses, including the business influence of political actions - such as a speech by the president or a new law passed in Congress. Her research on initial public offerings looks at the complex decisions that firms make in response to contemporary conditions.


  • Political uncertainty and investment: Causal evidence from US gubernatorial elections, Journal of Financial Economics, (2017).
  • Political uncertainty and firm investment: Project-level evidence from M&A activity, with Zhenhua Chen, Mehmet Cihan, and T. Beau Page, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (2021).

Memorable Moment

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"One of my most memorable experiences was this past semester during Crawfest, a huge musical festival on the Quads. I taught these students on Friday morning, then on Saturday, they came to Crawfest, and I came over with my daughter. The closer I got to campus, the more of my students I saw. I saw at least 15 students!

On Monday, they came in and were all serious again, except they all still had their Crawfest wristbands on. It was the perfect microcosm for thinking about Tulane: On Friday, everyone is in class and serious. Saturday they're out in the mud eating crawfish, and then Monday, we're back to business. That sums up why I love teaching at Tulane."

Education & Affiliations

University of Rochester - William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, MSBA Applied Economics and PhD in Finance

Niagara University, B.A. in Political Science


American Finance Association

European Finance Association

Financial Management Association

Western Finance Association


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Loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and baby son.

Enjoys visiting family in Upstate New York and Iowa.