University of California, Riverside

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Faculty Bio

Jean Helwege

Professor of Finance

Curriculum Vitae , updated 03/2017


Jean Helwege is a full professor in the Finance area of the School of Business at UC Riverside. Before joining the group, she held the J. Henry Fellers Professorship in Business Administration at the University of South Carolina. Her prior experience also includes faculty positions at Penn State, the University of Arizona, and Ohio State University. From 1988 to 1998 she worked in the Federal Reserve System, including six years at the Board as an economist and four years in New York as a senior economist. Professor Helwege is the author of 30 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, including publications in the Journal of FinanceReview of Financial StudiesJournal of Financial EconomicsJournal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Fixed Income. She currently serves as co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Finance as well as associate editor of the International Review of Finance and associate editor of the Journal of Financial Services Research. Dr. Helwege has been an active member of the Midwest Finance Association, having served as Program Chair for the 2013 meeting, President in 2014, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee in 2016, as well as fixed income track chair for several of the conferences. Professor Helwege has been a member of Standard and Poor’s academic council since 2004. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA and she received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Chicago in 1980. Her research interests include corporate bonds, bank regulation, financial distress, initial public offerings and capital structure.


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