James R. Thompson

Associate Professor, Finance; Computer and Financial Management Co-Director

Office: Hagey Hall 289D

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Email: james@uwaterloo.ca

Education and certifications

  • PhD Economics (Queen's University)
  • Masters Economics, Financial Specialization (Queen's University)
  • Bachelors Computer Science and Economics (University of Western Ontario)

Selected publications

  • Thompson, James R., "Counterparty Risk in Financial Contracts: Should the Insured Worry About the Insurer?". August 2010, Quarterly Journal of Economics.
  • Stephens, Eric and James R. Thompson "CDS As Insurance: Leaky Lifeboats in Stormy Seas".  July 2014, Journal of Financial Intermediation.
  • Stephens, Eric and James R. Thompson "Separation Without Exclusion in Financial Insurance". December 2015 , Journal of Risk and Insurance.
  • Allen, Jason and James R. Thompson "Variable Pay: Is It For The Worker Or The Firm?". October 2019, Journal of Corporate Finance.

Working papers

Courses taught

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School

  • Finance (FNCE) 726 - Advanced Corporate Finance (MBA)

University of Waterloo, Computing and Financial Managment

  • CFM 101 -  Introduction to Financial Markets and Data Analytics

University of Waterloo, School of Accounting and Finance

  • AFM 476 - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • AFM 373 - Cases and Applications in Corporate Finance
  • AFM 274 - Managerial Finance II
  • AFM 271 - Corporate Finance I
  • AFM 272 - Mathematical Corporate Finance I

University of Waterloo, Department of Actuarial Science

  • ACTSC 471 - Advanced Corporate Finance for Actuarial Science


  • David C. Higginbotham PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Fellowship, 2011-2013.
  • C.A. Curtis Award, Queen's University, 2011.
  • Ernst-Meyer Award of the Geneva Association, 2009.
  • Northern Finance Association Best Paper Award, 2008.
  • Toronto Chartered Financial Analyst Society Finance and Economics Award, 2008.


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant, Principal Investigator, $67,692, 2013-2016.
  • DART Wharton Research Grant, $9500, 2012.
  • Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation Academic Grant, $70,000, 2008-2011.

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