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Emma Rasiel, Richard Y. Li Professor of the Practice and Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center and Associate Chair

Emma Rasiel

Emma Rasiel is the Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, as well as Associate Chair and Professor of Economics at Duke. Emma’s role includes developing and delivering curricular and extra-curricular programs to Duke undergraduates to improve their preparedness for careers in business and finance. Emma’s regularly taught courses include Practical Financial Markets, Intermediate Finance, and Equity Research. She also enjoys teaching Behavioral Finance each summer on her Duke in London study away program and invites anyone to check out her online Behavioral Finance course, offered on the Coursera MOOC teaching platform.

The extra-curricular programs for Duke undergraduates that Emma spearheads include bank-sponsored case study competitions; an alumni-student mentoring program for 80 students each year; and Spring Mock Interview Days: an annual three-day event in which more than 100 students have mock interviews with 40+ visiting alumni, in preparation for investment bank recruiting season. Emma is also collaborating with Pratt for their Master's in FinTech which launched in Fall 2020.  She was appointed Associate Chair of the Economics department in 2016.

Emma is also the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy in the Fuqua School of Business, as well as a Faculty Fellow of the Duke Energy Initiative. In this role, she teaches an energy finance course for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Emma holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Oxford University (1986) and an MBA from the Wharton School (class of 1990). She joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and spent two years in their New York office, subsequently moving to London to spend five years trading European bond options. She was promoted to Executive Director in 1994 and left Goldman in 1997 to pursue further academic studies at Duke. She completed her PhD in finance at the Fuqua School in 2003, moved across campus to the Economics Department, and feels very fortunate that she has been able to remain at Duke ever since.

Emma enjoys horseback riding in the cooler months of the year, water skiing in the warmer ones, and poker all year round.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Box 90097, Social Science 228D, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-1800
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2023):  (typical courses)

  • ECON 254.01, PERSONAL FINANCE Synopsis
    LSRC B101, M 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
    Bryan Center GRIFFITH F, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Office Hours:

Please see my website for information about my office hours this semester.

Ph.D.Duke University2003
M.B.A.University of Pennsylvania1990
BSOxford University1986
B.A.University of Oxford (United Kingdom)1986

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 • Behavioral Research • Derivatives • Financial Decision-Making • Investments • Risk-Taking


Rasiel is Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE). 
She is the Academic Director of the Duke in New York
 and Duke in London Programs. 
She also serves as 
Admissions Director for the MA program in Economics.
Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Califf, RM; Rasiel, EB; Schulman, KA, Considerations of net present value in policy making regarding diagnostic and therapeutic technologies., American Heart Journal, vol. 156 no. 5 (Summer, 2008), pp. 879-885 [19061701], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Rasiel, EB; Jacob, J, Index Volatility Futures in Asset Allocation: A Hedging Framework, Lazard Asset Management Investment Research (Spring, 2008)
  3. Glickman, SW; Rasiel, EB; Hamilton, CD; Schulman, KA, Developing drugs for tuberculosis - Response, Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 315 no. 5815 (February, 2007), pp. 1076-1077, AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE, ISSN 0036-8075
  4. Rasiel, EB; Temple, R, Prime and Subprime Mortgage Foreclosure Analysis, Lazard Asset Management Investment Research (2007)
  5. Glickman, SW; Rasiel, EB; Hamilton, CD; Kubataev, A; Schulman, KA, Medicine. A portfolio model of drug development for tuberculosis., Science, vol. 311 no. 5765 (March, 2006), pp. 1246-1247, ISSN 0036-8075 [doi]  [abs]

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