Julie Agnew earned a B.A. degree in Economics (High Honors) and a minor in Mathematics from the College of William and Mary. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received a Ph.D. in Finance from Boston College in 2001.
Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as an analyst in investment banking for Salomon Brothers in New York City and as an equity research associate for Vector Securities International in Chicago. A former Fulbright Scholar to Singapore, she has co-authored a book examining strategic business opportunities in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Her current position at William and Mary is Associate Professor of Finance and Economics. She has taught at Boston College and has been awarded numerous teaching awards including Boston College's Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, the 2004 Faculty Excellence Award (voted on by the BBA Class of 2004), 2005 Alfred N. Page Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2005-2006 Thomas and Teri Dungan BBA Teaching Fellow and the 2007 Master of Accounting Class Faculty Excellence Award. She is currently the faculty advisor to the Howard J. Busbee Finance Academy.
Julie's research and consulting activities focus on how individuals invest in their 401(k) plans. She has presented her research at several national conferences and has published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Behavioral Finance and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In addition, she has won several nationally competitive research grants. Currently, she is a research associate at Boston College's Center for Retirement Research.
Areas of Interest/Expertise
- Personal Investing in 401(k) Plans
- Behavioral Finance