Farrokh Langdana

Faculty Profile

Dr. Langdana's areas of specialization include monetary and fiscal theory and international trade and global macroeconomic policy.  His research deals with macroeconomic experimentation and the role of stabilization policy in an expectations-driven economy.  He has published several...

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The Swiss Drama: What is really going on?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

By now the facts are clear to most market-watchers. Switzerland, one of a handful of “safe haven” countries, has been hammered every time there is a “flight to safety” (which means investors park their money in what are perceived as low-risk investments, in this case the Swiss currency). As the Swiss franc appreciated with global capital fleeing global crises and rushing into Switzerland, its exports got clobbered. And since Switzerland is an export-heavy country, this was a problem.

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Faculty Insight: The Swiss Drama-What is really going on?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Professor Farrokh Langdana explains what the drama means behind the Swiss National Bank's dramatic reversal in policy by breaking the Swiss franc peg to the Euro.

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Faculty Insight: You cannot fool markets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Professor Farrokh Langdana explores the Russian ruble crisis and how propping up the currency with gold won't fool the markets.

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Introducing the RBS-DCI: What dry cleaners can tell us about the job market

Monday, December 8, 2014

Working together with Rutgers MBA students in his macroeconomics classes, Professor Farrokh Langdana, professor of finance and economics, and the director of the Rutgers Executive MBA program, devised a new economic index to get a better sense of whether people are working, looking for work, or have given up looking for work – the Rutgers Business School-Dry Cleaning Index (RBS-DCI).

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Farrokh Langdana and his Dry Cleaning Index of economic recovery featured in NJ.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Jersey is making an economic recovery. Just ask your neighborhood dry cleaner. That’s what a team at Rutgers Business School did, using a novel economic index: the Dry Cleaning Index, or DCI. Farrokh Langdana, a professor of finance and economics at Rutgers Business School, came up with the index of starched shirts, suits and blouses based on a statistic behind unemployment numbers: the...

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Rutgers Executive MBA ranked #20 in the U.S. by the Financial Times

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rutgers EMBA graduates three years after graduation saw a 49% increase in their salary, ranking #8 in the U.S., with EMBA alumnus averaging $169,010, good for #16 in the U.S. according to the survey. Rutgers EMBA also earned high marks for "corporate strategy," ranking #9 in the world according to the Financial Times.

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Faculty Insight: Is there an economic recovery, or not?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Professor Farrokh Langdana breaks down the question everyone has been asking.

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Faculty Insight: Corporate tax burden cries for new leadership

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Professor Farrokh Langdana argues that increasing taxes shrinks the economic pie resulting in less, not more, tax revenue.

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The New Indian Express applauded Rutgers Business School stellar rankings in advocating collaborations

Monday, August 11, 2014

The country needs a large number of centres of higher learning which are world-class,” said Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister while presenting the Union Budget in Parliament this year. Budget allocation for higher education saw a rise of 13 per cent. The twinning programme — a programme of study whereby students in an Indian college may complete their study partly in India and partly in foreign...

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Faculty Insight: Taxes and more taxes were the catalyst for America's break from England

Friday, July 4, 2014

On the Fourth of July, Professor Farrokh Langdana reminds us that tax increases set off the first revolt in Boston, and England's zeal to impose more and more taxes on the colonies fueled the quest for independence. "Phrases such as "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and "inalienable rights" were not on anyone's radar screen until much later," Langdana writes in his new blog. "It was taxes, taxes, taxes, and arrogance."

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Finance Alumni Network and faculty pay heart-warming, humorous tribute to finance professor Ivan Brick

Monday, June 23, 2014

With humor and heart-warming respect, Professor Farrokh Langdana led a roast-styled tribute to Brick, who was re-elected as chair of the Finance and Economics Department last week. Brick has taught at Rutgers Business School for 36 years, and he has held the department chair since 1996.

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Faculty Insight: No choice - higher taxes pushing US companies to decamp to safe-havens

Monday, May 12, 2014

Professor Farrokh Langdana explores why large domestic companies like Pfizer are leaving the United States for safe-haven countries like The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Marisa Blackwell flourishes with a little help from her friends

Monday, May 12, 2014

Marisa Blackwell founded Cravings from her home in 2008, now operating from a modest space on Halsey Street. At first she used her home and “borrowed” commercial kitchens as she gained her earliest clients, including Rutgers. For nearly six years, she has catered for Rutgers Business School’s Executive MBA program under a weekly, 150-person assignment that spans about nine months annually....

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Founding director of Rutgers Executive MBA honored as one of the giants behind "powerhouse" program

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Professor Farrokh Langdana, the current EMBA director, said he and Assistant Dean Kathleen Connelly Harmon were honored to be part of (Shaak’s) legacy. “Kathleen and I have often told Professor Shaak that the Rutgers Executive MBA Program has been able to garner all of its global rankings because it was built on the shoulders of giants," Langdana said.

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Provocative symposium celebrates artist Jan Lourie and a rare exhibit of art at Rutgers Business School

Monday, November 25, 2013

The mini-symposium celebrated artist Jan Lourie’s work, which describes the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis through poetry and images. One line of the artist's poem asks, “Why did everyone not see the danger?”

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Rutgers Executive MBA ranked #2 in economics in the world, #19 overall in the US by Financial Times

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rutgers Executive MBA program was ranked #19 in the U.S., according to the 2013 ranking by the Financial Times. Rutgers EMBA program moved up four places in the U.S. in the annual ranking of the Top 100 Executive MBA programs in the world. In addition, Rutgers EMBA was ranked #2 in the world in economics.

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Professor Langdana and Executive MBA alumnus team up on new book to explain complex forces driving global economy

Monday, September 30, 2013

International Trade and Global Macropolicy, which was published by Springer in July, is designed to prepare current and future company executives with a practical understanding of the theories driving international trade and global macroeconomics in the modern business world.

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Faculty Insight: Beware the Ides of Summer (and the mindless printing of money)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Professor Farrokh Langdana warns that optimism about the US economic recovery is unfounded because Ben Bernanke's "mindless printing of money" is causing the bull market.

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Farrokh Langdana featured: Researchers and professors at top business schools in the Northeast share their predictions

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Professor Farrokh Langdana was featured in Arrive, Amtrak's magazine for the Acela northeast train corridor. "Once the economy gets traction, because never in history have we printed so much money without inflation, we will need to suck the money back in, or we will see inflation. It's like toothpaste - once out of the tube, it's hard to get back in," says Langdana in interview. See article.

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Faculty Insight: The fiscal cliff: overrated, underrated, or just plain irrelevant?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

As we’ve all heard by now, the Fiscal Cliff is a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that will automatically go into effect on January 1, 2013. The magnitude of this mix of contractionary demand-side policy is about 4-5 % of GDP. So how serious is this? Professor Farrokh Langdana answers.

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