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Dr Patrick Carvalho

Research Fellow

Dr Patrick Carvalho is a Research Fellow at The New Zealand Initiative, with extensive international experience in public policy across academia, public organisations and private sector.

Prior to immigrating to New Zealand, Dr Carvalho worked as the Head of the Economic Studies Division at the Federation of Industries of Rio de Janeiro, producing research on fiscal and monetary matters, and as a Research Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, where he focused on industrial relations and competition policy. More recently, Dr Carvalho was a Director at a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy advising the U.S. Federal Administration on the challenges of demographic shifts to economic prosperity.

Dr Carvalho has Bachelor of Law degree from Rio de Janeiro’s State University, a Master’s in political science from the University of Wollongong, and a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, where he also worked as a lecturer in macroeconomic policy.

Latest reports:
The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system (5 November 2019)
Policy Point: The Pitfalls of CGT (2019)
Submission: Local Government Funding and Financing (February 2019) 

Phone: 04 494 9101


Recent Work

Auckland highway

Tackling our road congestion problem

Dr Patrick Carvalho discusses his new report, The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system, with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB. He highlights the benefits of a revenue-neutral congestion charging system that would help to solve the increasing congestion levels in New Zealand. He talks about congestion charges in London and what we can learn from their experiences in order to create an efficient, transparent and world-class pricing scheme here. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Newstalk ZB
5 November, 2019
PC NBR radio 5 Nov

A bipartisan approach needed to solve road congestion

Our new report, The Price is Right: The road to a better transport system, by Patrick Carvalho, calls for bipartisan political support for the introduction to congestion pricing. The report argues congestion charging - where road users pay charges based on distance, time, location and vehicle type and weight - can promote funding transparency and accountability while addressing the increasing congestion woes in New Zealand. Report author Dr Patrick Carvalho spoke to The National Business Review's Brent Edwards ahead of... Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
The National Business Review
5 November, 2019
windy road

We all want safer roads

The government has released its Road to Zero consultation document, laying out a Vision Zero approach aiming for “no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes”. A zero-road toll pledge may be a good soundbite, but not a good policy prescription. While we all want safer roads, an inconvenient truth is that not all crashes are preventable and, sadly, sometimes human mistakes do cost lives. Read more

Dr Patrick Carvalho
Insights Newsletter
26 July, 2019

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