James P. Weston

Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance

James P. Weston is a professor of finance at Rice University. He joined the Jones Business School faculty in 2000 aftercompleting his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Virginia. James’ teaching interests focus mainly on corporate finance and financial institutions. He has taught popular courses on economics and finance in all of the Jones School programs. James currently teaches the flagship first year MBA core finance course for the daytime MBA program. He is the recipient of many Jones school teaching awards, including the prestigious alumni faculty award in 2007, 2010, and 2016.

Dr. Weston’s academic research covers a wide array of corporate finance issues from banking to stock market liquidity and risk management. His research articles have appeared in many of the leading academic finance publications and have been widely cited in the popular press and in congressional testimony. Two of his recent research papers have been nominated for the Journal of Finance best paper awards. James’ research papers have been presented at over 30 Universities worldwide and he routinely speaks at conferences and professional seminars. He is a member of the American Finance Association, the American Economics Association, and the Financial Management Association.

In addition to his academic work, James conducts executive education seminars, maintains professional consulting relationships, and provides expert witness testimony and litigation support. He is a former assistant economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

To read more about Prof. Weston's work, please visit Rice Business Wisdom.


Teaching Interests: 

-Core Finance
-Financial Econometrics

Research Interests: 

-Corporate finance
-Financial econometrics
-Empirical asset pricing

Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article

Ikenberry, D. L., & Weston, J. P. (2008). Clustering in US stock prices after decimalisation. European Financial Management, 14(1), 30-54. doi:10.1111/j.1468-036X.2007.00410.x

Journal Article

Fink, J., Fink, K. E., & Weston, J. P. (2006). Competition on the nasdaq and the growth of electronic communication networks. Journal of Banking and Finance, 30(9), 2537-2559. doi:10.1016/j.jbankfin.2005.10.009

Conference Proceeding

Weston, J. P. (2002). Electronic communication networks and liquidity on the nasdaq. Journal of Financial Services Research, 22(1-2), 125-139. doi:10.1023/A:1016072905438

Conference Proceeding

Allayannis, G., & Weston, J. P. (2002). The impact of the asian financial crisis on U.S. multinationals Retrieved from www.scopus.com

Journal Article

Allayannis, G., Ihrig, J., & Weston, J. P. (2001). Exchange-rate exposure of firms and workers: Exchange-rate hedging: Financial versus operational strategies. American Economic Review, 91(2), 391-395. Retrieved from www.scopus.com

Journal Article

Allayannis, G., & Weston, J. P. (2001). The use of foreign currency derivatives and firm market value. Review of Financial Studies, 14(1), 243-276. doi:10.1093/rfs/14.1.243

Journal Article

Weston, J. P. (2000). Competition on the nasdaq and the impact of recent market reforms. Journal of Finance, 55(6), 2565-2598. doi:10.1111/0022-1082.00300

Book Chapter

Weston, J.P. & Allayannis, G. (2001). The Use of Foreign Currency Derivatives and Firm Market Value. Review of Financial Studies, 14(1), 243-276. doi:10.1093/rfs/14.1.243  

Journal Article

Strahan, P.E. & Weston, J.P. (1998). Small Business Lending and the Changing Structure of the Banking Industry. Journal of Banking and Finance, 22(6-8), 821-845. doi:10.1016/S0378-4266(98)00010-7

Journal Article

Weston, J.P. & Strahan, P.E. (1996). Small Business Lending and Bank Consolidation: Is There Cause for Concern? Current Issues in Economics and Finance, 2(3). doi:10.2139/ssrn.1001240