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James A. Wilcox

Haas Finance Group
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Academic Status: On duty
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Personal Homepage: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/finance/wilcox.html
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PhD, Economics, Northwestern University
BA, Economics and History, Binghamton University

Positions Held

1978 – present, Professor, Haas School of Business
2016 – present, Member, Financial Economists Roundtable
2014 – 2016, Member, Board of Directors, VirtualBeam, Inc.
2012 – present, Member, Board of Directors, Finance Scholars Group
2012 – 2015, Chair, Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business
2003 – present, Fellow, Wharton Financial Institutions Center
1999 – 2001, Chief Economist, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, DC
1991 – 1992, Economist, Federal Reserve Board
1990 – 1991, Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers

External Service and Assignments

  • Member, Advisory Board: North American Economics and Finance Association
  • Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, Cal State 9 Credit Union
  • Economic and financial consulting

Current Research and Interests

  • Banking: mergers and acquisitions, cost reductions by consolidation, lending and bank capital, effects of economic conditions on banks, small business and banking
  • Business conditions: Federal Reserve monetary policy and interest rates, unemployment and inflation, consumer spending, outlook for the economy
  • Conversions: mutual-to-stock conversions of financial institutions, credit union failures and losses, credit union cost and profit performance

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Impacts of Mergers on Credit Union Costs: 1984-2009,” Filene Research Institute, Madison, WI, 2010.
  • “Conversions and Capital of Mutual Thrifts: Connections, Problems, and Proposals for Credit Unions,” with Stephanie I. Crofton and Luis G. Dopico. Essays in Economic and Business History, vol. 30 (2012), 31-48.
  • “Understanding Bank Supervisors’ Risk Assessments,” with John O’Keefe, CAPCO Journal 35: Zicklin-Capco Institute Paper Series in Applied Finance, (2012), 159-171.
  • “Regime Shifts in Real Estate Markets: Time-Varying Effects of the U.S. and Japanese Economies on House Prices in Hawaii,” with John R. Krainer. Real Estate Economics, vol. 41, Issue 3, (Fall 2013), 449-480.
  • The Home Purchase Sentiment Index: A New Housing Indicator,” Business Economics, v. 50, (October 2015), 178-190, doi:10.1057/be.2015.27. National Association for Business Economics’ 2015 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award.


  • Macroeconomics, UGBA 101B

Honors and Awards

  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1995
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1987

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