Dr. Felice Policastro

Director of Graduate Business Programs
Professor of International Business and Finance

You can also contact Dr. Policastro Toll Free at (877) 498-4723

Education

  • The University of Texas Pan American
    PhD in International Business, May 2004
    Concentration: Finance
    Dissertation: The Effect of Merger and Acquisitions on the Wealth, Risk and Efficiency of Latin American Banks
  • Edgewood College
    Master of Business Administration, 1997
    Thesis: How to do business in the United States: A handbook for foreigners
  • Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela
    B.S. in Accounting, 1993
    Concentration: Accounting
    Thesis: “Análisis de las declaraciones según normas y procedimientos de auditoría.”
    Published by the Universidad de Oriente. Venezuela, March 1993.

    “Modelo de Terminal de Carga Contenerizada para el Puerto de Guanta.”
    Published by the Universidad de Oriente. Venezuela, March 1993.

    “Análisis de la planeación estratégica de una unidad comercial, cartera de unidades, estrategia de insumos y alienaciones externas.”
    Published by the Universidad de Oriente. Venezuela, March 1993.

Classes Taught

  • BADM304 Applied Business Statistics (2005 to Present)
  • BADM360 International Business (2004 to present)
  • BADM480 Business Policy (2004, 2005)
  • BADM610 Managerial Economics (2005, 2006)
  • BADM633 Entrepreneurial Management (2007 to present)
  • BADM690 Strategic Management
  • ECON401 International Economics (2004, 2007 to present)
  • FIN312 Managerial Finance, Corporate Finance and Portfolio Management (2005 to present)
  • FINC460 International Finance (2005 to present)
  • INTL650 International Business (2004 to present)
  • INTL651 International Finance (2004 to present)
  • MGMT316 Principles of Management (2004)
  • MGMT403 Human Behavior in Organizations (2004)
  • ECON 2302 Microeconomics (2003, 2004)
  • BUSI 4330/6380 International Business (2004)
  • FINA 6301 Managerial Finance & FINA 3380 Managerial Finance (2002)
  • FINA 3381 Money & Banking (2002)
  • FINA 4385 Financial Markets and Institutions (2003)
  • FINA 4389 Commercial Banking (2003, 2004)

Certifications

  • Certified Evaluator for Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)
  • Certified Public Accountant in Venezuela

Professional Interests

Research Interests

  • Market Efficiency
  • International Business & Finance
  • Banking and other industries performance measurement (efficiency)
  • Financial Time Series Analysis
  • Mergers and Acquisitions 

Publications

  • “The Use of Derivatives by Latin American Banks: Risk Hedging or Speculative Gambles,” A. Rivas, T. Ozuna and F. Policastro. Journal of International Finance and Economics (Accepted for publication in 2011).
  • “An Empirical Analysis of the Use of Derivatives by Banks in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico” Policastro, Rivas and Ozuna. Global Journal of International Business Research Vol. 3. No. 3. 2010 (ISSN 1933-3471, September 20, 2010).
  • “Does the Use of Derivatives Increase Bank Efficiency? Evidence From Latin American Banks”. Policastro, Rivas and Ozuna. International Business & Economics Research Journal (IBER). Volume 5, Number 11, November 2006.
  • “The Effect of Merger and Acquisitions on the Wealth, Risk and Efficiency of Latin American Banks” Edinburg TX, April 2004. Dissertation for Ph.D. in International Business.
  • “Doing Business in United States – A Handout for Foreigners.” Madison WI, May 1997. Thesis for MBA
  • “Análisis de las Declaraciones Según Normas y Procedimientos de Auditoría.” Published by Universidad de Oriente. Venezuela, March 1993
  • “Modelo de Terminal de Carga Contenerizada para el Puerto de Guanta.” Published by Universidad de Oriente. Venezuela, March 1993
  • “Análisis de la Planeación Estratégica de una Unidad Comercial, Cartera de Unidades, Estrategia de Insumos y Alienaciones Externas.” Published by the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela. March 1993

Other Interests

  • Mountain Biking, Swimming and Hiking
  • Music and Dancing