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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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