Rafael La Porta

Visiting Research Scholar


Rafael La Porta is the Noble Foundation Professor of Finance at the Tuck School. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1994 and was on the Harvard faculty from that time until he joined Tuck in 2003. Professor La Porta's research has focused on issues of investor protection and corporate governance across the world, an area known as "law and finance." He is an expert on cross-country differences in laws and practice pertaining to investor protection and how those differences cause economies, stock markets, and firms' financing practices to vary. Professor La Porta teaches the core Corporate Finance course as well as an International Corporate Finance elective course at Tuck.


Why Informal Businesses Fail  //

Research by Rafael La Porta offers a clearer portrait of the informal economy. Read more

A New Measure of Government Efficiency: The Post Office  //

Rafael La Porta measures government efficiency by sending letters to fake addresses. Read the article from Tuck Forum.






  • PhD, AM, Harvard University, 1994
  • AB, Universidad Católica de Buenos Aires, 1985