Elias S.W. Shiu

Collegiate Fellow
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Actuarial Science

From 1976 to 1991, Elias S.W. Shiu was a professor of actuarial science at the University of Manitoba and a consultant for the Great-West Life Assurance Company, Winnipeg, Canada. He joined the University of Iowa in 1992 as Principal Financial Group Professor. He is an Honorary Editor for the journal Insurance: Mathematics and Economics and was a Co-Editor for the North American Actuarial Journal. His paper “Option Pricing by Esscher Transforms” is the most cited paper ever published in the Transactions of the Society of Actuaries. Another paper, “On the Time Value of Ruin,” has been the theme of a biennial international meeting since 2006. Both papers were co-authored with Hans U. Gerber. His research papers have won four Halmstad Prizes. In June 2017, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, awarded him an honorary doctorate in actuarial science. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Selected courses taught

  • Life Contingencies I, ACTS:4180, Spring 2022
  • Topics in Actuarial Science, ACTS:6160, Fall 2019
  • Life Contingencies II, ACTS:4280, Fall 2021
  • Mathematical Methods for Statistics, STAT:5120, Spring 2022
  • Mathematics of Finance II, ACTS:4380, Spring 2021

Selected publications

Selected presentations

  • Shiu, E. S. (2015, December) "Valuing Equity-Linked Death Benefits in Jump-Diffusion Models". Invited Lecture presented at The AMSS-Poly U Joint Research Institute Distinguished Lecture Series, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.
  • Shiu, E. S. (2013, September) "Option Pricing Without Tears: Valuing Equity-Linked Death Benefits". Invited Lecture presented at The Annual Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Actuarial Science Lecture Series, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shiu, E. S. (2006, July) “On Redington’s Theory of Immunization”. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at Tenth International Congress on Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Shiu, E. S. (2005, September) “Dynamic Fund Protection”. Keynote/Plenary Address presented at ASTIN - AFIR Joint Meeting, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland.

Selected grants and contracts

  • Chan, Kung-Sik (Principal Investigator), Chen, Yiqing (Principal Investigator), Lo, Ambrose (Principal Investigator), Shiu, Elias (Principal Investigator), Tang, Qihe (Principal Investigator) Grant Research, Applied. Modeling, Measuring, and Managing Catastrophe Risks. Sponsored by Society of Actuaries. Funded. June 1, 2018 - January 31, 2022.
  • Lo, Ambrose (Principal Investigator), Shiu, Elias S (Principal Investigator), Shyamalkumar, N.D. (Principal Investigator), Tang, Qihe (Principal Investigator) Grant Research, Applied. A Multi-faceted Study of Risk Management for Insurance. Sponsored by Society of Actuaries. Funded. April 1, 2013 - April 30, 2016.
Research areas
  • Actuarial science
  • Financial mathematics
  • Quantitative risk management
Elias Shiu
PhD, Mathematics, California Institute of Technology
MSc, Mathematics, University of Manitoba
BSc, Mathematics, University of Manitoba
Contact Information

University of Iowa
362 Schaeffer Hall (SH)
20 East Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States