Rajesh Aggarwal, Ph.D.

Academic Affiliate,
Professor specializing in the economics of organizations

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Harvard University (Ph.D. Business Economics)


Dr. Aggarwal is currently a professor of Finance at Northeastern University. 

A frequent author and presenter, Dr. Aggarwal has coauthored articles on such subjects as performance incentives, the diversification of firms, and investment financing.

His current research interests include corporate governance, the economics of organizations, optimal capital structure, bankruptcy, executive compensation and incentives, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, boards of directors, hedge fund performance evaluation, and stock market manipulation. His current teaching interests are in corporate finance and international finance.

Relevant Experience

  • Currently on the Board of Directors for Medica Healthcare and acts as a fiduciary
  • Has conducted consulting work for hedge funds examining risk exposure
  • Previously performed work for Sallie Mae relating to securitization strategy
  • Acted as a litigation consultant on matters relating to market manipulation and antitrust

Selected Publications

  • Aggarwal, R., Jorion, P. (2010). The Performance of Emerging Hedge Funds and Managers. Journal of Financial Economics,96: 238-256
  • Aggarwal, R., Jorion, P. (2012). Is There a Cost to Transparency? Financial Analysts Journal, 68: 108-123.
    Graham and Dodd Scroll Award winner.
  • Aggarwal, R., Meschke, F., Wang, T. (2012). Corporate Political Donations: Investment or Agency? Business and Politics, 14: Issue 1, Article 3.
  • Aggarwal, R., Buchan, J., Saint-Lauren, P. (2012). Qualitative Hedge Fund Characteristics and Firm Performance: Changes over Time. Journal of Alternative Investments, 15: 8-23


Harvard University (Ph.D. Business Economics)

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