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Rajesh Narayanan, Ph.D.
LSU Associate Professor, Finance

Dr. Narayanan is the Cameron Professor of Finance in the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Narayanan’s academic research focuses on issues related to financial markets and financial institutions. His recent work involves assessing the private benefits and social costs associated with statutory and regulatory expansions of banking powers and bank bailouts, the role of bank risk management on bank failure and financial stability, and the influence of markets for default insurance on the resolution of financial distress. He has published articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. He has made numerous research presentations at national and internal conferences and universities. He has won several university research awards and Best Paper Awards at academic conferences.

Dr. Narayanan’s interviews and commentary have been featured in national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN/Money, Bloomberg, Fortune as well as in regional and local media outlets such the Times Picayune, The Advocate, Baton Rouge Business report, WBRZ-TV, and WWL-Radio. Dr. Narayanan has been invited to conduct seminars for executives in Brazil, Czech Republic, India, China, and Malaysia in addition to those in the U.S on a variety of topics. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the University Outstanding Tutor award, MBA Professor of the Year and the Outstanding Educator Award.

Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Narayanan was the JP Morgan Chase Professor of Financial Services at Ohio University. He has also served on the faculties at the University of Georgia, Concordia University, and was a visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He obtained his Ph. D. from Florida State University.

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