1. Howell, Sabrina, Lee, Henry, and Heal, Adam. 2014. Leapfrogging or Stalling Out? Electric Vehicles in China. Discussion Paper, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.

​2. Howell, Sabrina. 2013. Pathways for Reducing Oil Consumption in the U.S. Carbon War Room & Fuel Freedom Foundation Research Report.

3. Howell, Sabrina. 2009. “Jia You! (Add Oil!): Chinese Energy Security Strategy.” In Luft, Gal and Anne Korin, eds. Energy Security Challenges for the 21 Century. California: Praeger Publishing.

4. Smith, Anne E. and Sabrina Howell. 2009. “An Assessment of the Robustness of Visual Air Quality Preference Study Results.” Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (EPA CASAC) Particulate Matter Review, Public Comments, March 30.

2. “Reducing Information Frictions in Venture Capital: The Role of New Venture Competitions.”​

Forthcoming at the The Journal of Financial Economics.

3. "When Investor Incentives and Consumer Interests Diverge: Private Equity in Higher Education." With Charlie Eaton and Constantine Yannelis. 2019.

Forthcoming at the Review of Financial Studies.

Best Paper Prize at the 2018 UNC Private Equity Research Council Annual Symposium 


I am an Assistant Professor of Finance at NYU's Stern School of Business, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). My research and teaching focus on entrepreneurial finance, innovation, fintech, energy, and China.

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Featured in: 
U.S. Department of Energy. 2019. "Benefits of EERE Small Business Innovation Grants Confirmed in New Study." May 3.

Council on Foreign Relations. 2015. "Keeping the Edge: U.S. Innovation." Report.

Smith, Noah. 2015. "Angel Investing, Government Style." Bloomberg. July 9. 

​Pethokoukis, James. 2015. "Uncle Sam, angel investor?" AEIdeas, July 15. 
Davis, Lucas. 2015. "How Should We Design Government Policies to Stimulate Innovation?" Haas Energy Institute. March 23.

Gill, Dee. 2015. "Small, Early Stage R&D Grants to Energy Startups have Large Impact." Chicago Booth Daily Data. February 2.
Howell, Sabrina. 2014.  "The Impact of Government Grants in the Clean Energy Sector." Cleantech Group. January 9.  


Assistant Professor of Finance

​NYU Stern School of Business

1. Howell, Sabrina T. “Financing Innovation: Evidence from R&D Grants.” The American Economic Review  107 (4) 2017, 1136-64. [Journal website.]

4. "Initial Coin Offerings: Financing Growth with Cryptocurrency Token Sales.

With Marina Niessner and David Yermack. 2019.
Forthcoming at the Review of Financial Studies.

5. Howell, Sabrina T. “Joint Ventures and Technology Adoption: A Chinese Industrial Policy that Backfired.” Research Policy  47(8), 2018. [Journal website.]

6. ​Minsk, Ronald E., Sam P. Ori, and Sabrina Howell. “Plugging Cars into the Grid: Why the Government Should Make a Choice.” Energy Law Journal 30(2), 2009. [Journal website.]​​​

1. "Innovation Investment and Labor Mobility: Employee Entrepreneurship from Corporate R&D." With Tania Babina. 2019.

         Featured in: 
         Brookings Hutchins Roundup Dec 20, 2018.
         Brin, Dina. 2018. "Corporate R&D Investment Appears To Spur Employees To Startup Venture                 Path." Forbes, Dec 30.
         Arends, Brett. 2019. "The No. 1 reason why big, innovative companies suffer a ‘brain drain’".                   MarketWatch, Jan 14.

2. "IPO Intervention and Innovation: Evidence from China.” With Lin William Cong. 2019.

        Featured in: 

        Verkhivker, Alex. 2018. "How delaying IPOs has a big and lasting effect." Chicago Booth Review,              March 14. 

3. "Networking Frictions in Venture Capital, and the Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship."  With Ramana Nanda. 2019.

4. "Firm Type Variation in the Cost of Risk Management.”​​ 2017.

5. "Learning from Feedback: Evidence from New Ventures.” 2017.

Sabrina T. Howell