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Paolo de Renzio

Paolo de Renzio

Public Affairs and Public Policy
International Budget Partnership
Fellow, 2021-22

Paolo de Renzio will spend his fellowship year working on a proposal for a new way of thinking about public finance and fiscal policy that goes beyond the current neoliberal consensus – too narrowly focused on the need to maintain fiscal discipline and on the promotion of economic growth through private investment – and is better suited to tackle some of the most pressing issues that societies around the world face, from persistent poverty to growing inequality, from the threat of climate change to the rise of populism and the increasing disillusionment with governments as engines of social progress. (See this blog for an early formulation of some of the main ideas he intends to work on.)

Over the past 20 years, de Renzio’s work has focused on different aspects of public finance reforms across a wide range of countries and in a number of different capacities – in government agencies, international organizations, think tanks, academia and civil society. He’s lived and worked in a number of developing countries, and has collaborated with many global organizations like the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission and Oxfam. de Renzio is currently senior research fellow at the International Budget Partnership. At IBP, he leads research on fiscal openness, equitable budgets and public financial management. (See, for example, the volume he co-edited on “Open Budgets”.) He also holds regular visiting faculty positions at the Harvard Kennedy School and the London School of Economics.