Dr. Rodrigo Leite

Assistant Professor of Finance (with tenure), COPPEAD Graduate School of Business

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e-mail: rodrigo [ d o t ] oliveira [ a t ] coppead [ d o t ] ufrj [ d o t ] braddress: Rua Pascoal Lemme 355 Office 423, 21941-918, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Short Bio

Much of my research is motivated by questions in financial economics, though my work also deals in the fields of accounting, psychology and public policy. I am interested in understanding how humans make financial decisions and the roles of certain biases on the decision-making process, including how these biases may affect the performance of individuals and groups. My topics of interest also include the dynamics of financial institutions and disavantaged groups, especially regarding microfinance and microcredit. Finally, a new topic of research that I am pursuing  is regarding the efficiency of public procurement processes. My research has been published in journals in the fields of finance, accounting, economics and mathematics.

I received my PhD from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration in 2018. I was Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Rio de Janeiro State University between 2016-2019, and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration since 2019. I am currently Assistant Professor of Finance at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. I am also asked frequently to comment on financial-related subjects for main international news outlets (such as CNN, BBC, and Forbes), and also for main Brazilian ones (such as G1, IstoÉ, O Estado de SP, and Valor Econômico).


Academic and Professional Positions

Selected Publications

Working Papers

Recognition & Awards



Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Finance Research Letters; Review of Development Economics; International Review of Economics and Finance; International Review of Financial Analysis; Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions, and Money (2); Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (3); Journal of International Development; Managerial Finance; International Transactions in Operational Research; Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment (2); African Development Review (2); Applied Economics (2); Applied Economics Letters; Latin American Business Review (3).


American Accounting Association Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting (reviewer and discussant); JAAF Conference (reviewer and discussant); Brazilian Finance Society Meeting (session chair and discussant); Brazilian Academy of Management Annual Meeting (reviewer, session chair and discussant); USP Conference in Accounting (discussant).

Conference Papers

AAA Annual Meeting (2015, 2016); AAA Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting (2019); Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance Conference (2019); Finance Research Letters Conference (2022); LUBRAFIN Conference (2022); Brazilian Finance Meeting (2017, 2018, 2020, 2022); Brazilian Econometric Meeting (2018, 2022); Brazilian Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020); USP Conference in Accounting (2016, 2018).

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