Emma Rasiel

Emma Rasiel is Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, as well as Associate Chair and Professor of Economics at Duke. She also has a secondary appointment at Fuqua as the Eads Professor of the Practice. 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 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 Graduate Studies for the MS in Quantitative Finance Program, and works closely with the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke to offer FinTech courses and programs at Duke.


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
Competitive Coping Strategies in the American Legal Academy: An Empirical Study (2019) Burk, Organ & Rasiel, Nevada Law Journal

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 228G

Phone: Fall 2020: NA



Virtual Office Hours Fall 2020: on Zoom


Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30 

Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30


Note: the times are different (intentionally) on the two days!

Office hours are virtual. If someone is already meeting with me, you can wait in the “waiting room.” I’ll invite you in in the order in which you arrived.




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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