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Iuliana Ismailescu

Associate Professor

Lubin School of Business


  • @ New York City


PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities

Iuliana Ismailescu, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Finance and Co-Chair of the Middle States Self Study Executive Committee. Her research interests include emerging debt and equity markets, international finance, and credit risk. Her research was published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, International Review of Finance, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and Journal of Investment Management, among others. She co-authored a mathematics book in Romanian and contributed several book chapters to Interest Rate Risk Modeling and Dynamic Term Structure Modeling. Dr. Ismailescu received the FMA 2007 Best Dissertation Proposal Award in International Finance for her Ph.D. thesis Three Essays on Emerging Capital Markets. Dr. Ismailescu frequently presents her research at domestic and international conferences, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for top tier finance journals.

Dr. Ismailescu currently teaches courses in Financial Management, International Finance, and Investment Analysis at undergraduate and graduate levels. She also runs a seminar in Capital Markets in the doctoral program.

Selected Contributions & Publications

Ismailescu, I. (2008). Determinants of the Time-Variation in Emerging-Market Closed-End Fund Premiums: A Comparison Between Equity and Bond Funds. American Economist. LII(2), 54-64. Read More >>

Ismailescu, I., Branch, B. (2010). Managerial Performance And Closed-End Country Fund Premiums: A Lead Or Lag Relationship?. International Review of Finance. 10(4), 433-453.

Ismailescu, I., Kazemi, H. (2010). The reaction of emerging market credit default swap spreads to sovereign credit rating changes. Journal of Banking & Finance. 34(12), 2861-2873.

Ismailescu, I., Morey, M. (2012). Redemption Fees and the Risk-Adjusted Performance of International Equity Mutual Funds. Journal of Investment Management. 10(3), 21-33.

Ismailescu, I., Phillips, B. (2015). Credit Default Swaps and the Market for Sovereign Debt. Journal of Banking & Finance. 5243-61.

Hegemann, S., Ismailescu, I. (2017). The Effect of FASB Statement No. 123R on Stock Repurchases: An Empirical Examination of Management Incentives. Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies. 20(2).