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Christopher Cain, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Address: JCL 308
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 843.953.1063
Curriculum Vitae: Download


Ph.D., Finance, August 2004
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Master of Arts, Finance, May 2000
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Juris doctor, cum laude, May 1998
The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa

Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 1995
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Major: Finance

Research Interests

  • Investments, particularly derivative securities and the impact of liquidity on markets
  • Corporate Finance, with emphasis on the impact of the legal system on corporate behavior
  • Non-traditional applications of Financial Knowledge

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Doctoral Student (2002)

  • Graduate Council Fellowship (1998-99)

  • Armstrong Scholarship (1998-99)

  • Christopher L. Bass Scholarship

  • Financial Executive’s Institute Award

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • Golden Key National Honor Society

  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society

  • The Journal of the Legal Profession

  • Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society

  • Sigma Nu Fraternity


A Critical Review of Literature Utilizing Simultaneous Modeling Techniques for Property Price and Time on Market  Forthcoming at Journal of Real Estate Literature.  (with J. Benefield and K. Johnson).

Visual Display of Residential Property Information: Some Additional Evidence Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, Volume 15, Issue 2 (2013), pp. 89-100 with Justin Benefield and Anne Gleason.

On the Relationship between Property Price, Time on Market, and Photo Depictions in a Multiple Listing Service The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Volume 43, Issue 3 (2011), pp. 401-422, with Ken Johnson and Justin Benefield.

An Options Approach to Individual Investor Achievement of Optimal Total Precautionary Savings Levels Journal of Financial Service Professionals, Volume 65, Issue 4 (2011), pp. 67-80, with Justin Benefield.

Optimal Savings Liquidation for Income Replacement in the Presence of Income Uncertainty Financial Services Review, Volume 16, Number 4, Winter 2007, pp. 275-292, with Justin Benefield. Summarized in CFA Digest, Volume 38, Number 3, August 2008 by Brendan F. O’Connell.

The Electoral College: Diversification and the Election Process? Constitutional Political Economy, Volume 18, Number 1, March 2007, pp. 21-34, with Peter M. Basciano and Ellen M. Cain.

What Constitutes Wrongful Discharge of In-House Attorneys? Student Note, 22 The Journal of the Legal Profession 223 (1997-1998).

“Choosing Between Funding Retirement and Paying off Consumer Debt” with Jim Grayson and Peter Basciano. Under review, Strategic Finance.