Dr. Fan Fei, CFA Associate Professor of Business and Economics


Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Michigan

VPH 205C

Dr. Fei teaches courses in finance and microeconomics. He also serves as the faculty adviser of the Actuarial Science Club and the Investment Club. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics in 2016 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 2022. His research focuses on public finance, corporate finance and economic history. His Ph.D. dissertation explored various impacts of highway construction in the 1920s United States. His paper on federal-aid highways and the decline of general stores won the best paper award at the 42nd annual Economic and Business History Society conference. His co-authored paper, “Are PILOTs Property Taxes for Nonprofits?” was published in the Journal of Urban Economics. He has provided referee and book review services to the Journal of the History of Economic Thought as well as the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

BUS300 - Principles of Finance

(2 credits) This course covers the basic principles, theory and techniques of financial decision-making in the structure of a corporation. Prerequisites: ACC215 and ACC216; and either MAT109QR or MAT117QR.

BUS304 - Investments

(4 credits) Models of risk and return are carefully developed to provide a basis for assessing investment opportunities and to enhance our understanding of the role and importance of financial markets. A considerable portion of the course will be devoted to the pricing of derivative securities including options, forward contracts and futures contracts. Prerequisite: BUS300 or ACC315.

BUS404 - Advanced Corporate Finance

(4 credits) This course is a continuation of Principles of Finance. We will explore topics such as the cost of capital, capital structure and dividend policy, and analyze their significance in long-term financing decisions. We will also examine international aspects of corporate finance and the management of risk with derivative securities. Prerequisite: BUS300 or ACC315.

ECO213 - Principles of Microeconomics

(4 credits) Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied.

ECO315 - Intermediate Microeconomics

(4 credits; alternate years, consult department) This course will examine economic theory and methodology with emphasis on the principles of price determination, consumer behavior, market equilibrium, optimality of resource allocation, production and costs, comparison of market structures, and the behavior of firms in nonperfect competition. Prerequisite: ECO213 and MAT111QR or 112QR.

ECO375 - Econometrics with Regression Analysis

(4 credits) This course, which is required for finance, economics, and actuarial science majors, is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of econometric analysis. To this end, the primary focus is on simple and multiple linear regressions using cross-sectional data and time series regressions. We will also discuss highly useful extensions including regression with binary dependent variables, and regression analysis using panel data if time. The course will put a heavy emphasis on empirical applications, econometric theory will be discussed where necessary but will not be the central focus. Instead, we focus on estimating regression models using statistical packages such as R, SPSS, or Stata, and on interpreting the results. Both estimation and interpretation are highly marketable skills. The coverage of this course will be sufficient for SVEE Applied Statistics (SOA) and useful for CFA exams. More broadly, what you learn from this course will be valuable for a career in consulting, banking, insurance, and other related fields. Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT112QR and MAT116QR or MAT117QR. Cross-Referenced: Cross-referenced in mathematics.

American Economist Association

National Tax Association

CFA Society Iowa