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James Angel

MSF Faculty

James Angel  professor of Finance Georgetown UniversityProfessor Angel specializes in the structure and regulation of financial markets around the world, and he has visited over 50 financial exchanges around the world. His current research focuses on short selling and regulation. He teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses, including Financial Crises: Past Present and Future. Other courses include Financial Markets, World Equity Markets and Regulation in Financial Markets.

"Dr. Jim" has testified before Congress about issues relating to the design of financial markets. In addition, he has been quoted in hundreds of newspaper articles and has appeared numerous times on radio and television.

Dr. Jim began his professional career as a rate engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he worked on FERC and CPUC related issues. Along the way he has also worked at BARRA (now part of Morgan Stanley) where he developed equity risk models. He has also served as a Visiting Academic Fellow in residence at the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD – now FINRA) and also as a visiting economist at the Shanghai Stock Exchange. He has also been chairman of the Nasdaq Economic Advisory Board and a member of the OTC Bulletin Board Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the DirectEdge stock exchanges.

Selected Publications

Articles in journals:

  • James J. Angel and Douglas M. Mcabe. "The Business Ethics of Short Selling and Naked Short Selling." Journal of Business Ethics 85.1 (2009).
  • James J. Angel, Douglas M. McCabe. "The Ethics and Economics of Executive Compensation: The Case of Executive Stock Options." Journal of Business Ethics 78.1-2 (2007): 225-235.
  • James J. Angel, Michael G. Ferri, and Stephen E. Christophe. "Short Selling Prior to Earnings Announcements." Journal of Finance 59.4 (2004): 1845-1876.
  • James J. Angel, Raymond M. Brooks, Prem G. Matthew. "When-Issued Shares, Small Trades, and the Variance of Returns Around Stock Splits." Journal of Financial Research 27.3 (2004).


  • Method for directing and executing certified trading interests, (co-invented with Henri Waelbroeck, Fred J. Federspiel), U.S. Patent Number 7428506, issued September 23, 2008.
  • "Consolidation in the Global Equity Market: An Historical Perspective" - The economics of markets and the history of consolidation in the U.S. help to predict the future shape of the global equity market.
  • "Optimal Listing Policy: Why Microsoft® and Intel® Do Not List on the NYSE"- Written with Professor Reena Aggarwal, The McDonough School of Business.
  • "How Best to Supply Liquidity to a Small-Capitalization Securities Market"- A computerized market with the appropriate priority rules can provide incentives for broker-dealers to market stocks.