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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Amir Akbari

Assistant Professor


Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 3042
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3777

Research Topics

  • asset pricing
  • international finance
  • financial econometrics


Dr. Amir Akbari holds a PhD in Finance from McGill University. Prior to that, he received his MBA and Electrical Engineering degrees during his master's and bachelor's studies. His research is mainly in the areas of asset pricing, international finance, and financial econometrics.


  • PhD in Finance McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • MBA in Finance Sharif University of Technology, Tehran
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering Sharif University of Technology, Tehran

Courses taught

Financial Modeling with Python (BUSI 3440), Ontario Tech University, Fall 2018, Winter 2019
Managerial Finance (BUSI 2410), Ontario Tech University, Winter 2017, Winter 2018
Derivatives Securities (BUSI 3420), Ontario Tech University, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Financial Derivatives (FINE 448), McGill University, Summer 2013

Research and expertise

  • Best Paper Award, 30th Asian Financial Association conference, 2018
  • SSHRC Small Research Grants Program, Ontario Tech University, 2017
  • National Bank Financial Group PhD Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Excellence Award, 2013-2014
  • Marcel A. Desautels PhD fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Doctoral Program Fellowship, McGill University, 2011-2015
  • McGill University International Doctoral Award, 2010-2013
  • Provost's Graduate Fellowship, McGill University, 2010-2011
  • AbbasZade fund, visiting student at University of California at Davis, 2007
  • Professor of the Year of Faculty of Business and IT, Ontario Tech University, 2017
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, McGill University, 2014
  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Financial Econometrics
  • International Finance


  • Invited seminars and conference presentations
    • Western Finance Association (WFA),  2019 California, US
    • Telfer Annual Conference on Accounting and Finance*,  2019 Ottawa, Canada
    • Society for Economic Dynamics, 2018, Mexico City, Mexico
    • EMG-ECB Workshop on International Capital Flows, 2018, London, U.K.
    • Fed/UMD Short-Term Funding Conference*, 2018, Washington, D.C.
    • China International Conference in Finance*, 2018, Tianjin, China
    • Asian Finance Association, 2018, Tokyo, Japan
    • Finance Down Under Conference*, 2018, Melbourne, Australia
    • Finance Management Association Asia Pacific*, 2018, Hong Kong
    • International Finance and Banking Society, 2017, Oxford, U.K.
    • Finance Management Association, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Northern Finance Association, 2017, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • International Workshop on Financial System Architecture & Stability*, 2017, Montreal, Québec
    • Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets*, 2017, Seoul, Korea
    • Telfer Accounting and Finance Conference*, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario
    • World Banking and Finance Symposium, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • HEC-McGill Finance Doctoral Workshop; 2016, Montreal, Québec
    • European Finance Association*, 2015, Vienna, Austria
    • International Conference of the French Finance Association (AFFI), 2015, Cergy, France
    • Midwest Finance Association, 2015, Chicago, Illinois
    • San Diego State University, 2015, San Diego, California
    • Finance Management Association, 2015, Orlando, Florida
    • Northern Finance Association, 2015, Banff, Alberta
    • Finance Management Association European, 2015, Venice, Italy
    • European Financial Management Association, 2015, Breukelen, Netherlands
    • Econometric Society World Congress, 2015, Montreal, Québec
  • Papers under review at journals and circulating at conferences
    • Amir Akbari, Francesca Carrieri and Aytek Malkhozov, Can Cross-Border Funding Frictions Explain Financial Integration Reversals?, 2017.
    • Amir Akbari, Lilian Ng and Bruno Solnik, Integrated Markets: Economic or Financial Integration?, 2017.
    • Amir Akbari and Francesca Carrieri, Currency Risk or Intertemporal Risk: Which Matters More for International Asset Pricing?, 2016.
    • Amir Akbari, Reversal in Market Integration: a Funding Liquidity Explanation, 2015.
    • Amir Akbari and Francesca Carrieri, Prices of Risk and the Business Cycle, 2015.
  • Selected referred journal articles
    • Amir Akbari, Lilian Ng and Bruno Solnik, Emerging Markets are Catching Up: Economic or Financial Integration? Forthcoming at the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis