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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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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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