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 Networking 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 Director of Admissions for Duke’s MA in Economics Program, and Director of Graduate Studies for the new MS in Quantitative Finance Program. She was appointed Associate Chair of the Economics department in 2016.


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.


Selected Publications
The Performance of Alternative Valuation Models in the OTC Currency Options Market (2003) Bollen and Rasiel, Journal of International Money and Finance.

Can Prospect Theory Explain Risk-Seeking Behavior by Terminally Ill Patients? (2005) Rasiel, Weinfurt & Schulman, Medical Decision Making.

A Portfolio Model of Drug Development for Tuberculosis (2006) Glickman, Rasiel, Dukes Hamilton, Kubataev, & Schulman, Science.

Prime & Subprime Mortgage Foreclosure Analysis (2007) Temple & Rasiel, Lazard Investment Research

Index Volatility Futures in Asset Allocation: A Hedging Framework (2008) Jacob & Rasiel, Lazard Investment Research

Considerations of Net Present Value in Policy Making Regarding Diagnostic and Theraputic Technologies (2008) Califf, Rasiel & Schulman, American Heart Journal



Office Information

Office: Soc Sci 329H

Phone: 919 660 1837



Office Hours Spring 2018: Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm and Thursdays 10am – 12pm




Courses Taught
Econ 256 – Practical Financial Markets

Econ 372 – Intermediate Finance

Econ 368 – Behavioral Finance

Econ 490S – The Goodner Equity Research Project











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