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Prof. Elizabeth Tashjian


Current Position

Professor of Finance
David Eccles School of Business
University of Utah
Department of Finance
1655 E Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Tel: 801-585-3212

Class: XXX (2019)Circuit: Tenth


Boston College, B.A. in Mathematics with Honors, magna cum laude (1976-1980)
Purdue University, M.S. Managment (Quantitative Methods) (1982-1985)
Purdue University, Ph.D. Finance (1984-1987)

Professional Career

Professor of Finance, University of Utah (1986-present)
Assistant Professor of Finance, Tulane University (1989-1990)
Visiting Professor of Finance, Hebrew University (1997-1998)
Visiting Professor of Finance, INSEAD (1996-1998)


Turnaround Management Association, Academic Advisory Council (1999-present)
Turnaround Management Association, Rocky Mountain Board Member (2010-2012)
Community Foundation of Utah, Board Member (2011-2016)
Jewish Family Services, Board Member (2014-present)


Requiem for a Market: An Analysis of the Rise and Fall of a Financial Futures Contract Review of Financial Studies 2 1989 co-author with John J. McConnell
Day-of-the-week Effects in Financial Futures: An Analysis of GNMA, T-Bond, T-Note, and T-Bill Contracts Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 26 1991 co-author with William A. Kracaw and John J. McConnell
Advantages to Competing with Yourself: Why an Exchange Might Design Futures Contracts with Correlated Payoffs Journal of Financial Intermediation 4 1995 co-author with Maayana Weissman
Optimal Futures Contract Design The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 35 1995 author
Prepacks: An Empirical Analysis of Prepackaged Bankruptcies Journal of Financial Economics 40 1996 co-author with Ronald Lease and John J. McConnell
Prepacks As A Mechanism For Resolving Financial Distress: The Evidence Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 1996 co-author with Ronald Lease and John J. McConnell
Navigating a course off the rocks Financial Times (of London) 1997 co-author with with Lawrence A. Weiss
Outcomes in Prepackaged Bankruptcies Journal of Corporate Renewal 2000 co-author with with Ronald Lease and John McConnell
Is Chapter 11 Costly?” Journal of Financial Economics 84 2007 co-author with with Avner Kalay and Rajeev Singhal
Spreading the Misery? Sources of Bankruptcy Spillover in the Supply Chain” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 51 2016 co-author with with Madhuparna Kolay and Michael Lemmon


Review of Financial Studies, best paper of the year (1990)
University of Utah, Linda Amos Award for distinguished service to women (2006)
University of Utah, University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award (2010)
David Eccles School of Business, various teaching, mentoring, and service awards (1999, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
University of Utah, Beacons of Excellence (for undergraduate engagement) (2013)