James A. Wilcox

Jim Wilcox is the James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey Chair in Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Jim teaches courses in financial markets and institutions, business conditions analysis, forecasting, and risk management. He has written extensively on regulation and supervision of commercial banks, effects of bank merger activity, real estate finance and housing prices, lending to small businesses, monetary policy, and business conditions. He has published articles in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Housing Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

In 1999, Jim became the first Chief Economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He also has served as the senior economist for monetary policy and macroeconomics for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Jim holds a B.A. in economics and history from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.


Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1980
B.A., Economics and History, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, 1974

Areas of expertise

Recent news, presentations, and publications

“Forecasting Components of Consumption with Components of Consumer Sentiment,” Business Economics, October 2007, pp. 22-32. Winner of the National Association for Business Economics’ 2007 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Papers Award.

“Policies and Prescriptions for Safe and Sound Banking: Shocks, Lessons, and Prospects,” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Economic Review, Spring 2007, pp. 24-35.

“Do Government Guarantees of Bank Loans Lower, or Raise, Banks’ Non-Guaranteed Loans? (with Yukihiro Yasuda),” in Reforming Financial Regulation, Proceedings of the 45th Annual Bank Structure Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, May 2009, pp. 323-340.

“Underwriting, Mortgage Lending, and House Prices: 1996-2008),” Business Economics, October 2009, pp. 189-200.  Winner of the National Association for Business Economics’ 2009 Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award.

“Regime Shifts in Real Estate Markets: Time-Varying Effects of the U.S. and Japanese Economics on House Prices in Hawaii,” with John R. Krainer. Real Estate Economics, 2013, forthcoming.

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