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Neil Pearson, Professor of Finance

Neil D. Pearson studies derivatives valuation, an area of research that he considers both practical and an aesthetically pleasing application of probability theory and the theory of stochastic processes.

Pearson, the Harry Brandt Distinguished Professor in Financial Markets and Options, says that there are two key elements to success as a researcher. The first is identification of problems that are interesting and solvable. The second is care and execution in solving the problems.

Pearson brings that same care to his work as coordinator of the PhD program in the Department of Finance. This highly selective program transforms its participants into high-quality scholars who become valued academicians. The program's strength, says Pearson, is empirical research and methodology. Two weekly seminar series feature invited guests and the department's doctoral students presenting their research for discussion and feedback.

Co-editor of three academic journals and an Investors in Business Education Fellow, Neil Pearson teaches financial derivatives, financial engineering, and financial risk management.

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