Paulo Trigo Pereira

Paulo Trigo Pereira


Expertise: public finances and good governance, democracy and accountability

Paulo Trigo Pereira (PhD Economics, 1994), is Full Professor of Public and Welfare Economics at ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics and Mangament (University of Lisbon). When on leave from the University (2015 – 2019), he was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament, elected in Socialist Party lists, and unaffiliated member since December of 2018.

He served as Vice-Chair of the Budget, Finance and Administrative Modernization Committee, a member of the European Affairs Committee and of the Temporary Committee for the Strengthening of Transparency in the Exercise of Public Functions, until December of 2018.

He has been chairing the Master of Public Policy, and teaching Public Finance, Institutional Economics and Law and Economics at ISEG.

Author of several  books on Portuguese Public Finance and Institutional Economics and research papers in social choice, public choice and electoral studies.

He has been visiting researcher or scholar at several universities: UvA (Netherlands),  London School of Economics and Leicester University (UK), Turku  (Finland) New York and Yale Universities (USA).

Apart from academia he did some consultancy for Portuguese governments on regional and public finance as well as the reform of the State.

He has been leading civil society projects on Budget Transparency in Portugal (the «Open Budget Survey» and «Budget Watch»), and has  a regular presence in the Portuguese media (TV channels and newspapers «Público» and now «Observador»).

He is also the co-founder and President of the Strategic and Scientific Board of the Institute of Public Policy.