Featuring Raghuram Rajan

There is no question: COVID-19 is already taking a toll on markets, governments, and populations worldwide. Join Chicago Booth’s Raghuram Rajan for an online discussion, moderated by Hal Weitzman, about what we can expect from the economy in the era of the coronavirus.

Event Details

6:30–7:30 p.m. CDT

Registration for this event is free but required.

Contact alumni@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2150.

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Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India from September 2013 to September 2016. He also served as the chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund from 2003 to 2006.

Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development. He has written several books, including The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Penguin, 2019), I Do What I Do: On Reform, Rhetoric, and Resolve (Harper Collins, 2017), and Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy (Princeton University Press, 2010), for which he won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Rajan is a member of the Group of Thirty. He was president of the American Finance Association in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 2003, the American Finance Association awarded him the inaugural Fischer Black Prize for the best finance researcher under the age of 40. His other awards include the Infosys Prize for Social Sciences—Economics in 2011, the Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics in 2013, Euromoney Central Bank Governor of the Year 2014, and Banker magazine’s (FT group) Central Banker of the Year 2016.


Hal Weitzman is executive director for intellectual capital at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is editor in chief of Chicago Booth Review and host of The Big Question, Booth’s monthly video panel discussion series. He was a reporter and editor at the Financial Times from 2000 to 2012, the last seven years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Chicago. His reporting has also appeared in The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, Slate and Politico.

Weitzman’s experience in South America formed the basis for his book Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering (Wiley, 2012). His time as a reporter in Chicago led him to write “Chicago's Decade of Innovation, 1972–1982,” a chapter covering the development of financial derivatives, which was published in the 2010 book Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth (Oxford University Press, 2010).

He grew up in Wales. He was an undergraduate at Leeds, gained a master’s at Oriel College, Oxford, and was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.