WHO: Dr. Raghuram Rajan, professor of finance at the University of
Chicago and former economic counselor and director of research,
International Monetary Fund
WHAT: Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Lecture Series
WHERE: Huntsman Hall, 8th floor, Penn's Wharton School, 3730 Walnut St.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture
Dr. Rajan will speak on why financial sector reforms are critical to India's future growth and how changes to the Indian banking system must be part of such an effort. He will discuss how to reach the poor and unbanked segments of society, whether public sector banks are capable of, or needed, to fulfill their stated public purpose, whether rapid privatization is by necessity a central piece in any reform effort, how to create greater competition among banks and what are the political forces that will oppose change.
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