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The Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series

Reforming the Indian Banking System: Why It Is Important and What Can Be Done

Dr. Raghuram Rajan
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago
Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 05:00
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th floor, The Wharton School, 3730 Walnut Street University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

A Nand & Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture

Raghuram Rajan is the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.

Prior to resuming teaching, Dr. Rajan was the Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund between 2003 and 2006.

Dr. Rajan graduated from IIT Delhi in 1985 with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and I.I.M. Ahmedabad in 1987. He joined the Graduate School of Business (GSB), University of Chicago in 1991 after obtaining a Ph.D. from MIT. In 1994, Rajan was voted tenure and appointment as Professor of Finance.

Dr. Rajan's research interests focus primarily on economic development, and the role finance plays in it. His papers have been published in all the top economics and finance journals, and he has served on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Finance. He has also written a book with Luigi Zingales entitled Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists, which was published by Random House in February 2003.

In January 2003, the American Finance Association awarded Dr. Rajan the inaugural Fischer Black Prize, given every two years to the financial economist under age 40 who has made the most significant contribution to the theory and practice of finance.

Dr. Rajan is on a number of boards and advisory councils. He currently chairs the Committee on Financial Sector Reforms which will propose reforms of the Indian financial sector to the Indian government.