Mejda Bahlous-Boldi

Associate Professor and Investment Program Director, Finance and International Business
Office: Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise 419, Ithaca, NY 14850

Dr. Mejda Bahlous-Boldi

Dr. Mejda Bahlous-Boldi holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Rennes I in France and was a Fullbright Scholar at MIT, Sloan School of Management. Before joining Ithaca College in August 2022 as the Director of the Investment Program and Associate Professor of Finance, she held several academic positions at the University of Maine in France, HEC Carthage in Tunisia, the American University in Dubai, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (Dubai campus). In addition to teaching courses across the spectrum of Banking and Finance at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, Dr. Bahlous-Boldi has supervised Ph.D. and Master's theses on a variety of topics including Market Efficiency, Asymmetry of Information in Financial Markets, Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions and other Corporate Strategic Decisions. 

In 2020, she obtained a Fintech certificate from Harvard University that reinforced her expertise in financial technology, a domain of finance that continues to reshape the industry.

Dr. Bahlous-Boldi's scholarly journey is driven by a commitment to research that truly matters with a particular focus on responsible lending and borrowing. Through rigorous research and advocacy for ethical financial practices, she focuses on resilient homeownership promoting financial stability and security for individuals and communities.

Selected publications

  • Bahlous-Boldi, M. (2022), "Agency costs and credit availability: an international study", European Journal of Management and Business Economics, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 285-304.
  • Bahlous-Boldi, M. (2021), "Resilient homeownership: how partnership-based finance would have prevented the 2008 US mortgage crisis", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 283-304.
  • Bahlous-Boldi M. (2020), Foreclosures and Their Costs: Could They Have Been Avoided? The Case of California during the Mortgage Crisis” The Journal of Structured Finance Jul 2020, 26 (2) 9-9; DOI: 10.3905/jsf.2020.1.102
  • M. Bahlous with R. Yusof, and R. Haniffa (2016) “Rental Rate as An Alternative Pricing   for Islamic home financing: An empirical investigation on the UK Market” International Journal of Housing Market and Analysis, Vol 9 Issue 4, pp601-626 2016.
  • M. Bahlous with R. Yusof and H. Turnsov (2015) “Are Profit Sharing Rates in Mudharaba Accounts Linked to Interest Rates? An investigation of Islamic banks In the GCC countries” Journal of Ekonomi Malaysia. Scopus Vol 42 issue 2 2015  
  • Bahlous M. and R. Mohd Yusof (2014) International Diversification among Islamic Investments: Is there any benefit?Managerial Finance / Emerald Volume 40 issue 6.
  • Bahlous M. (2013) “Does cross-listing benefit the shareholders? Evidence from the GCC countries stock markets” Springer - Asia Pacific Financial Markets. April 2013  
  • Yusof R. and M. Bahlous 2013 Islamic Banking and Economic Growth: a panel cointegration Analysis” in Emerald- Journal of Islamic Accounting and Business research. Vol. 4 Iss: 2
  • Bahlous M. and R. Yusof (2012) “Financing Patterns, Debt Maturity, and Growth: evidence from the East Asia and the GCC countries” Journal of Applied Banking and Finance, vol.2, no.3, 2012, 199-236. Indexed EconLit, Cabell’s directory (Economics & Finance), DOAJ; EBSCO Academic Source Complete; Econis,; Gale's Academic Databases; Google Scholar; Open J-Gate; ProQuest and Ulrich's Database
  • R. Yusof, M. Bahlous, S. H. Kassim (2010): “Ethical investment and shari’ah-compliant investment compared: can investors benefit from diversification?” in Savings and Development. Indexed SCOPUS, Econlit