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Virginia Grace France
Associate Professor of Finance & Academic Advisor

Educational Background

Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago, 1986, 1981
B.A. Economics, Swarthmore College, 1977

Positions Held

At the University of Illinois since 1988. Visiting scholar, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, 1993-94. Visiting professor, Australian National University, 1994; University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, 1993-94; Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1987-88; University of California, Berkeley, 1986. Assistant professor of economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1986-88.

Recent Publications

France, V., Canoles, W., Thompson, S., & Irwin, S. 1998. An analysis of the profiles and motivations of habitual commodity speculators. Journal of Futures Markets, 18: 765-801.

D'Arcy, S., & France, V. 1992. Catastrophe futures: A better hedge for insurers. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 59: 575-600.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Commerce Alumni Association, 1993.

Academic Service

Editorial board, Derivatives Quarterly, 1999-2001.

Teaching and Research

Teaches courses in portfolio management and derivatives. Research focuses on financial regulation and the industrial organization of futures and options markets.

Contact Information:
198 Wohlers Hall
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-0704

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