James Farrell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Finance and Economics

I believe that the role of a professor is to push students to work hard and think critically about topics in order to gain the tools and skills to necessary to succeed in both today and tomorrow’s markets. Engaging students allows them to take ownership of both their education and their future and prepares them for a job market that rewards active participation.

- James Farrell

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James Farrell

building is Becker Business - room is 225
Phone 863.680.4441



Dr. Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Florida Southern College and holds a doctorate in Economics from Florida State University as well as the CFA designation. Prior to joining Florida Southern College he was a senior quantitative analyst with the Florida State Board of Administration. He also worked in the brokerage industry for Merrill Lynch and TD Waterhouse. His research interests include behavioral investing, pension and labor studies as well as regional economics. Dr. Farrell recently published a book chapter titled “Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors of Investors” in the book Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing as well as an article in the Journal of Pension Finance and Economics titled “Asset management in public DB and non-DB Pension Plans”. His current projects include a study on how peers influence investing decisions and the role of funding policies on pension’s funded status.


Ph.D., M.A., Economics, Florida State University
B.S., Finance, University of Florida

Publications and Exhibitions

“Asset management in public DB and non-DB Pension Plans,” Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, January 2015 with Daniel Shoag

“Addressing Cross-Disciplinary Graduate-Level Learning Goals Through Game Design,” The Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, Vol. 13, February 2014 with Cindy Hardin

“Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors of Investors,” Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing. Ed. H. Kent Baker, Ed. Victor Ricciardi. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014

“The Financial Crisis: Reactions of Investors Across Demographic Groups,” The Journal of Business and Finance Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2011 with Craig Bythewood

“Demographics of Risky Investing,” Research in Business and Economics Journal, Special Edition - May 2011