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Virginia Grace France

Assistant Professor of Finance and Academic Advisor


Ph.D. Economics, University of Chicago, 1986.
B.A. Economics, Swarthmore College, 1977.


Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 1993 - 1994
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1986 - 1988
Visiting Lecturer, University of California, 1986
Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1984 - 1985
Instructor, University of Chicago, 1981 - 1984

Research Interests

Research focuses on financial regulation and the industrial organization of futures and options markets.


Journal Articles

"Opportunity cost and prudentiality: An analysis of collateral decisions in bilateral and multilateral settings." H. Baer, V. France, J. Moser, Research in Finance, (21) 2004
SSRN Abstract

"An Analysis of the Profiles and Motivations of Habitual Commodity Speculators." V. France, W. Canoles, S. Thompson, S. Irwin, Journal of Futures Markets, 2002
SSRN Abstract

"Catastrophe Futures: A Better Hedge for Insurers." S. D'Arcy, V. France, Future Markets, (2) 1997

"Catastrophe Futures: A Better Hedge for Insurers." S. D'Arcy, V. France, Journal of Risk and Insurance, (59) December: 4 575-600 1992

Conference Proceedings

"Pricing Catastrophe Risk: Could CAT Futures Have Coped With Andrew?." S. D'Arcy, V. France, R. Gorvett, 1999

Honors and Awards

Associate, Office for Futures and Options Research , 1992-2004

Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers, University of Illinois , 1997


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(217) 333-0704

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