Anonymous Gift Propels LSU Finance Research

March 15, 2022

An anonymous alumnus and spouse recently announced their intention to invest $250,000 to support faculty and graduate student research in the LSU Department of Finance; the couple launched their commitment with an initial contribution of $50,000.

“This generous investment in the Department of Finance’s research capabilities is a signal event that represents the desire of alumni to elevate the LSU finance brand and the important role of research,” said Professor Rajesh Narayanan, chair of the Department of Finance. “Our faculty engage in research with graduate students to produce knowledge that is valuable to the industry and critical to a curriculum that stays relevant in the fast-moving world of finance. We are grateful for this investment and the opportunities it will create.”

Faculty and student researchers in the Department of Finance, part of the E. J. Ourso College of Business, create solutions with the potential to revolutionize daily life. Research areas include capital structure, commercial banking, commercial real estate, corporate finance, corporate governance, credit ratings, financial derivatives, financial intermediation, financing decisions, fintech, fixed income securities, institutional investors and poverty.

Research support allows the department to attract high-performing faculty and graduate students who explore both long-standing and topical, emerging issues. Their efforts strengthen the curriculum and add value for other scientists, policymakers and industry leaders. 

The donors will complete their commitment with additional annual gifts. 


About the Department of Finance

The Department of Finance offers high-quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab utilizes the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial databases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6291.

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