Paulo Trigo Pereira is Full Professor of Public and Welfare Economics at ISEG, Lisbon School of Economics and Management (University of Lisbon). Graduated at ISEG, Master in Sociology and Economic History (NOVA University) and PhD in Economics from Leicester University (UK).
He has been chairing the Master of Economic and 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 published in social choice, public choice and electoral studies journals. 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).
When on leave from the University (2015 – 2019), he was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament. 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.
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», «Budget Watch» and “Citizens’ Budget”) and has a regular presence in the Portuguese media (newspapers “Público” and now “Observador”) .
He is also the co-founder and President of the Board of the Institute of Public Policy.