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Elizabeth Whalley

Associate Professor in Finance

MMath (Cambridge), MA (Cambridge), MSc (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

Research Interests

Dynamic Corporate Finance:

  • Utility-based valuation of Executive Stock Options
  • Real Options

Environmental finance including applications of real options

Option valuation incorporating market imperfections e.g. transaction costs

Student Feedback and Support Hours

Monday 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Formerly Research Fellow at Department of Economics, University of Surrey, and accountant at KPMG Peat Marwick

Teaching 2017-18

Derivative Securities on M.Sc. in Finance/Finance and Economics/Accounting and Finance

Principles of Finance 1, a 2nd year undergraduate module for non-WBS students

Selected publications

CE Dangerfield, AE Whalley, N Hanley and CA Gilligan, "What a difference a stochastic process makes: epidemiological-based real options models of optimal treatment of disease". Environmental and Resource Economics (2016).

V Henderson, J Sun and AE Whalley. "Portfolios of American options under general preferences: results and counterexamples", Mathematical Finance, (2014). Earlier version here.

AE Whalley, "Optimal partial hedging of options with transaction costs", Journal of Futures Markets, (2011). Earlier version here.

AE Whalley, "Optimal R&D investment for a risk-averse entrepreneur", Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, (2011). Earlier version here.

AKL Milne and AE Whalley, "Time to Build, Option Value and Investment Decisions, A comment", Journal of Financial Economics , 56 325-332 (2000).

AE Whalley and P Wilmott, "Optimal hedging of options with small but arbitrary transaction cost structure", European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 10 117-139 (1999).

AKL Milne and AE Whalley, "Bank Capital and Risk Taking", Bank of England Working Paper (1998).

D Epstein, N Mayor, P Schonbucher, AE Whalley and P Wilmott, "The Valuation of a Firm Advertising Optimally", The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 38 149-166 (1998).

AE Whalley and P Wilmott, "An Asymptotic Analysis of an Optional Hedging Model for Option Pricing with Transactions Costs", Mathematical Finance, 7 307-324 (1997).

Working papers

V Henderson, J Sun and AE Whalley, "Executive Stock Options: Portfolio effects".

V Henderson, J Sun and AE Whalley, "The Value of Being Lucky: Option Backdating and Non-diversifiable Risk".

CE Dangerfield, AE Whalley, N Hanley, J Healey and CA Gilligan, "The effects of variation in management objectives on responses to forest diseases under uncertainty".

J Healey, CE Dangerfield, MR Macpherson, N Hanley, C Quine, CA Gilligan, AE Whalley, O Sheremet and A Kleczkowski, "Using integrated epidemiological and economic modelling to assess silvicultural options for forest resilience under uncertain future risk of tree diseases".

AE Whalley, "Effect of executive ownership and private hedging on executive stock option exercise and values".

AE Whalley, "Covered warrant valuation: a costly hedging model".

V Henderson, J Sun and AE Whalley, "Future Option Grants".

V Henderson and AE Whalley, "Holding On: Modelling Optimism and Stock Sales", in preparation.

S Rossetto and AE Whalley, "To pre-empt or not to pre-empt: simultaneous vs sequential entry in equilibrium", in preparation.


Elizabeth Whalley
Room 2.108
Finance Group
Warwick Business School
University of Warwick

T: + 44 (0) 24 765 28431
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