Mindy L. Mallory is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Mallory’s research focuses on commodity markets and marketing issues, especially related to commodity futures and options markets. Topics of special interest include forecasting, liquidity costs, and price discovery. Additionally, NSF-funded research examines how portfolio theory from finance can be applied to help conservation groups make informed resource allocation decisions in the face of climate change.
PhD in Economics, 2009
Iowa State University
Master in Mathematics, 2005
Emporia State University
Bachelor of Science in Education, Mathematics, 2003
Emporia State University
Fri, Sep 23, 2016, Economics Seminar, Montana State University
Fri, Sep 9, 2016, Get to Know the Faculty Seminer at ACE, University of Illinois
Fri, May 6, 2016, IPAM UCLA, Commodity Markets and their Financialization
A work-in-progress book for beginners on commodity price analysis from a fundamental perspective. Target audiences are upper level undergraduate students, or professionals beginning a career related to commodity markets. The objective is to familiarize the reader with the sources of market information and research commonly used by practicing professionals working in the industry.
Microeconmic Analysis (ACE 500): This is standard first-year master’s theory class. It has a heavy emphasis on core neoclassical economic theory, with some modern extensions.
Commodity Price Analysis (ACE 427): Students learn what drives prices in commodity markets. First we cover fundamental supply and demand characteristics of key commodity markets like corn, soybeans, and wheat, livestock and energy. Considerable time is spent introducing the student to important sources of information (from the United States Department of Agriculture, e.g.) that are critical to market participants.
Web-Based Textbook Price Analysis: A Fundamental Approach to the Study of Commodity Prices
Commodity Futures Markets (ACE 428): Students gain a working knowledge of commodity futures and options markets. We cover the markets’ role as an economic allocation mechanism, describe intuitively and analytically the relationship between a commodity’s cash, forward, and futures prices, price option contracts according to some popular models, and implement a risk management strategy that includes hedging on a commodity futures exchange.