Rafael Ferreira

Rafael Ferreira

Associate Professor of Economics

Universidade de São Paulo (FEA-USP)

Research Interests

  • Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Law and Finance
  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Micro


Publications and Accepted Papers

The Labor Effects of Judicial Bias in Bankruptcy (with Aloisio Araujo, Spyridon Lagaras, Flavio Moraes, Jacopo Ponticelli and Margarita Tsoutsoura). Journal of Financial Economics. Volume 150, Issue 2, November 2023, 103720. Previous versions: NBER Working 28640 Paper, June 2023 and SSRN version, June 2023.

Female Judges and In-group Bias in Labor Courts (with Raphael Corbi, Jaqueline Oliveira and Danilo Souza). Economics Bulletin, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2021, Pages 1313-1321.

The Brazilian bankruptcy law experience (with Aloisio Araujo and Bruno Funchal). Journal of Corporate Finance, Volume 18, Issue 4, 2012.

Bankruptcy Laws and Collateral Regulation: Reflections after the Crisis (with Aloisio Araujo and Bruno Funchal). In: Edward L. Glaeser, Tano Santos and E. Glen Weyl. (Org.). After the Flood: How the Great Recession Changed Economic Thought. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Working Papers

Labor Courts, Job Search and Employment: Evidence from a Labor Reform in Brazil (with Raphael Corbi, Renata Narita and Danilo Souza). Updated on May 2022. Media coverage: Valor Econômico, CNN Brasil and BBC Brasil.

Court Congestion and Bankruptcy Resolutions: Evidence from Brazil (with Aloisio Araujo and Flavio Moraes).

Work in Progress

Transmission Effects of Financial Distress on the Real Sector Draft coming soon

The Effect of Social Connections on Judicial Decisions (with Raphael Corbi and Pedro Peixoto)

Disentangling Punishment and Enforcement Effects of Harsher DUI Laws (with Ricardo Guedes)



  • Microeconomics I
  • Microeconomics II
  • Economics of Information and Corporate Governance


  • Microeconomics I

  • Microeconomics IV