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Rajeev Dhawan

Director, Economic Forecasting Center    

M.A., Delhi School of Economics
B.A., St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India


National and regional economic forecasts
Econometric modeling
Macroeconomics and industrial organization
Macro-logistics and growth issues
Small business strategy and entrepreneurship
International Industry Comparisons


Dr. Rajeev Dhawan is director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. As director of the center, Dhawan develops U.S., Southeast regional and local metro economy forecasts, which are published and presented to business leaders and the media at quarterly forecast conferences.

One of the country’s leading economists, Dhawan was named to Georgia Trend magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” and is a regular contributor to the Blue Chip Economic Indicators, USA Today forecasters survey, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Livingston Survey, and the Consensus Economics forecast panel in the UK.

A frequent guest on Cable News Network (CNN), Dhawan is sought after by print and broadcast media for his economic analysis and expertise. He has appeared on MSNBC, The Bloomberg Report, CNBC, and local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. He has also been quoted in many national and regional publications including the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

His business cycle research analyzes the impact of monetary policy changes on the growth and survival of small firms and his industrial organization work quantifies the contribution of organizational and technological factors in improving firm efficiency.

In his recent work, Dhawan examined factors that enabled Toyota to dominate not only U.S. companies but also its Japanese counterparts. His research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Economic Inquiry, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Productivity Analysis and International Journal of the Economics of Business. He is also author of the book Firm Size, Financial Intermediation and Business Cycles, which explores the effect of liquidity constraints on U.S. economic performance.

  • With J.T. Guo, “Declining Share of Small Firms in U.S. Output: Causes and Consequences,” Economic Inquiry, 39(3): 651-662, 2001.
  • “Productivity Differential among Large and Small Firms: Evidence from U.S. Panel Data,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 44(3):269-263, 2001.
  • Firm Size, Financial Intermediation and Business Cycles, Commonwealth Publishers, London and New Delhi, 1996, 182 pages. (book)
  • With G. Gerdes, “Estimating Technological Change using a Stochastic Frontier Production Function: Evidence From U.S. Firm-Level data,” Journal of Productivity Analysis, 8: 431-446, 1997.
  • “Asymmetric Information and Debt Financing: The Empirical Importance of Size and balance Sheet Factors,” International Journal of the Economics of Business, 4(2): 189-202, 1997.