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Emma B. Rasiel, Associate Professor of the Practice, Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, Director of the Duke in New York Program

Emma B. Rasiel
Contact Info:
Office Location:  329H Soc. Sci
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1837
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Teaching (Spring 2015):  (typical courses)

  • ECON 368.01, BEHAVIORAL FINANCE Synopsis
    Social Sciences 327, W 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    Uses popular and accepted theories of human behavior from the fields of psychology and decision-making to characterize some prevalent features of irrational behavior in financial markets. Includes discussion of typical errors made by financial market participants as a result of behavioral biases, and examination of the extent to which irrationality can affect financial markets at the aggregate level ("bubbles"), how long irrationality may persist, and what factors will eventually cause these bubbles to burst ("crashes"). Instructor consent required. Prerequisite: Economics 205. Course Synopsis: This course will be taught partially on-line, and partially in the classroom. There will be 1.25 hours of "asynchronous" material each week that you will be able to work through on your own time. Much of this material will be interactive, such as surveys and self-test examples. There will also be readings, videos, and online games. Your input on all of the interactive material will be recorded and evaluated by the professor, and in some cases, utilized (on an anonymous basis) in subsequent class sessions. There will be 1.25 hours of class time each week. This will be primarily taught by Professor John Forlines; Professor Rasiel will join the sessions some weeks. Students wishing to participate in this class should email Professor John Forlines ( to request a permission number. Because of the somewhat "experimental" nature of this class (with so much of it being taught online via Sakai) please only request a permission number if you will commit to: (1) complete all of the online asynchronous materials each week, (2) participate actively in the classroom, and (3) be tolerant of the inevitable "bugs" and complications that go along with beta-testing a very different and experimental teaching environment. Seniors will receive priority enrollment.
    LSRC B101, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    Social Sciences 327, M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
    An introduction to the art and science of equity research. Using detailed financial statement analysis and other public sources of information to analyze companies. Comparables analysis, discounted cash flow, event studies, and outside-the-box ways to find evidence of hidden value in companies. Course will include periodic video conference with New York investment manager for practical applications. This course is by permission only, with priority given to graduating seniors. To apply, please submit your up-to-date resume, as well as a brief letter about your interest in equity research to Professor Rasiel at
    LSRC B101, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Teaching (Summer2 2015):

    TBA, 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
Office Hours:

Spring Semester 2015:
Walk-in office hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 2:00 - 4:00
Appointments: Thursdays: 3:30 - 5:30

PhDDuke University2003
MBAThe Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania1990
BSOxford University1986

Financial Economics
Behavioral Economics
Research Interests:

Professor Rasiel's primary area of interest is Behavioral Economics, with application to both finance and health care.

Areas of Interest:

Behavioral Finance
Behavioral Decision-Making


Behavioral Finance • Financial Decision-Making


Rasiel is Director of the Financial Education 
Partnership, a joint program with Duke's Career 
Center and a number of financial market sponsors. 
She is the Academic Director of the Duke in New York
 and Duke in London Programs, and the Teaching 
Director for the Duke Financial Economics Center 
(DFE). She also serves as Admissions Director for the MA program in Economics.
Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E.B. Rasiel, R Califf, K. Schulman, Considerations of Net Present Value in Policy Making Regarding Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies, American Heart Association (Summer, 2008)
  2. E.B. Rasiel, J. Jacob, Index Volatility Futures in Asset Allocation: A Hedging Framework, Lazard Asset Management--Investment Research (Spring, 2008)
  3. E.B. Rasiel, R Temple, Prime and Subprime Mortgage Foreclosure Analysis, Lazard Asset Management--Investment Research (2007)
  4. Glickman, Rasiel, Dukes Hamilton, Kubataev, & Schulman, Portfolio Model of Drug Development for Tuberculosis, Science (2006)
  5. Rasiel, Schulman and Weinfurt, Can Prospect Theory Explain Risk-Seeking Behavior by Terminally Ill Patients, Medical Decision Making (2005)

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