Juliano Assunção, the Executive Director of CPI’s Rio Office, is a professor of the Department of Economics at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Juliano’s research focuses on different aspects of development economics, including agricultural economics, institutions, and financial intermediation. He is a member of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty at the University of Chicago and works as a consultant for firms, governments, and multi-lateral organizations. Juliano has been collaborating with CPI since 2010. Besides providing strategic guidance on the projects’ components, the research areas he addresses at CPI are: improving policies to increase efficiency in land use; the implementation of the new Forest Code; and the relationship between productivity gains and protection of natural resources.

  • Faculty, Economics Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
  • Member, Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty
Selected Work
  • “Does credit affect deforestation? Evidence from a Rural Credit Policy in the Brazilian Amazon”, with Clarissa Gandour, Romero Rocha and Rudi Rocha, Economic Journal, 130(626): 290-330, 2020.
  • “Geographic Heterogeneity, Social Learning and Technology Adoption: Evidence From The Direct Planting System in Brazil”, with Arthur Bragança and Pedro Hemsley. Land Economics, 95(4):599-616, 2019.
  • “Getting greener by going black: the priority municipalities in Brazil”, with Romero Rocha, Environment and Development Economics, 24: 115-137, 2019.
  • “Flex Cars and Competition in Ethanol and Gasoline Retail Markets”, with João Paulo Pessoa and Leonardo Rezende, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 63: 145-184, 2019.
  • “Property-level assessment of change in forest clearing patterns”, with Clarissa Gandour, Pedro Pessoa and Romero Rocha, Land Use Policy, 66:18-27, 2017.
  • “Climate Change, Agricultural Productivity and Poverty”, with Flávia Chein, Environment and Development Economics, 21(5): 581-602, 2016.
  • “Deforestation slowdown in the legal Amazon: prices or policies?”, with Clarissa Gandour and Rudi Rocha, Environment and Development Economics, 20(6): 697-722, 2015.
  • “Repossession and the Democratization of Credit”, with Efraim Benmelech and Fernando Silva, Review of Financial Studies, 27(9): 2661-2689, 2014.
  • “Eliminating entry barriers for the provision of banking services”, Journal of Banking and Finance, 37:2806-2811, 2013. link
    “A note on slavery and the roots of inequality”, with Rodrigo Soares and Tomás Goulart, Journal of Comparative Economics, 40:565-580, 2012.
  • “Coming out of the shadows? Estimating the impact of bureaucracy simplification and tax cut on formality in Brazilian microenterprises”, with Joana Monteiro, Journal of Development Economics, 99(1): 105-115, 2012.
  • “Institutional development and colonial heritage within Brazil”, with Joana Naritomi and Rodrigo Soares, Journal of Economic History, 72(2): 393-422, 2012.
  • “Rural organization and land reform in Brazil: the role of nonagricultural benefits of landholding”, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 56(4): 851-870, 2008.
  • “Testing Household-Specific Explanations for the Inverse Productivity Relationship”, with Luis H. Braido, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 89(4): 980-990, 2007.

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