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Dr. Emmanuel Morales-Camargo

Dr. Emmanuel Morales-Camargo is one of the founding faculty members of the TCA Institute for Financial Education and Research at the University of Arizona, where he served as a lecturer, educational advisor, and curriculum developer while he was still completing his Ph.D. in finance at the University’s Eller College of Business. He joined the TCAI in January 2003, when the institute was just in formation, and served there until his graduation in May of 2006. During his tenure, Dr. Morales-Camargo was instrumental in getting financial literacy into the University’s General Education curriculum, securing Tier 1 approval for a personal finance course titled “Money, Consumers, and the Family;” a course that he personally taught until the fall semester of 2005 and that remains a popular elective amongst U of A students today. He also personally developed the financial literacy curriculum the institute used during that time to deliver financial education to the university student body and to the greater Tucson community, and trained the dozens of student advisors (Credit-Wise Cats) that comprised the institute’s outreach arm during that period. He was also the creative force behind the “Duel in the Desert” personal finance case-study competition, for which he wrote over a dozen cases used in the numerous regional and national editions of this collegiate competition organized by TCAI from 2004 to 2007. His work during the initial stage of the institute was critical to securing the $10,000,000 endowment that supports the institute’s research and educational efforts today. Dr. Morales-Camargo is deeply committed to jumpstarting the financial literacy program at the University of Texas Arlington. He joined UTA as an assistant professor of finance in the fall of 2013 and he is currently serving as director of the COB’s Financial Literacy and Personal Finance Program. His research interests revolve around primary markets, behavioral finance, and experimental economics. His researched has been featured in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Behavioral Finance, and the Quarterly Journal of Finance.