Bruce I. Carlin

Professor of Finance,
Rice University

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  • Catherine J. Galley

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Bruce Carlin serves as an expert witness in matters involving consumer and corporate finance, healthcare, life sciences, product liability, and valuation. His expertise also spans asset pricing, liquidity, price complexity in retail financial markets, and distressed portfolio liquidation. He has testified in a variety of venues, including U.S. district courts, state superior court, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Professor Carlin is best known for his research on consumer behavior in retail financial markets, the clarity of disclosures made by financial institutions, and consumer financial literacy. Professor Carlin received the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award for his research on the complexity of financial products, given annually to the top paper in the field of finance. He has also received the Wharton-WRDS Best Paper Award in Empirical Research.

Professor Carlin is currently a director of the Financial Research Association, a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member and founder of the Finance Theory Group. He was an associate editor for the Review of Financial Studies from 2011 to 2014 and currently serves as a referee for many top-tier finance and economic journals. In addition to his expertise in finance, Professor Carlin has an M.D. and formerly practiced medicine as a surgical professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Before joining the faculty at Rice University, Professor Carlin spent over a decade at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. At UCLA, he received numerous honors for his teaching, including the Neidorf “Decade” Teaching Award, the Citibank Teaching Award, and the Dean George W. Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award. Duke University and the University of North Carolina have also honored him for his teaching.

  • “Analysis of Consumer Finance Class Actions and Enforcements,” Cornerstone Research, 16 June 2016