Bruce Carlin

Professor of Finance

Bruce Carlin is a professor of finance at Rice University. Before coming to Rice, Bruce spent 12 years on faculty at UCLA. He is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Director of the Financial Research Association, and past Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies.

Bruce’s research interests include consumer finance, asset pricing, corporate finance and behavioral finance. His methodologies span theoretical, empirical, and experimental work. Bruce has a taste for topics that are off the beaten path: some of his current research in progress involves studying FinTech, social media and fake news, Kentucky thoroughbred horse auctions, farming in the 1920’s, and even the societal effects of legalizing marijuana.

Bruce has served as an expert witness in matters involving consumer and corporate finance, health care, life sciences, product liability and valuation. He has testified in a variety of venues, including U.S. district courts, state superior court and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Putting serious professional issues aside, Bruce emphasizes quality of life. He is a family man and places a premium on spending time with his wife Nikki and daughter Zoe. He also has a lot of hobbies. He is a masters swimmer at Rice, a whiskey connoisseur, and an avid poker player. In his spare time, you might find him playing blues guitar.

Bruce looks forward to adding to the already productive research environment at Rice and to many long-lasting friendships.