Research and Policy
Pearson Fellow Alum, MPP '19
Olivia Carneiro cares deeply about understanding the root causes of and fighting inequality in her native Brazil. She brings to The Pearson Institute a strong background in economics, advocacy, and international development and education.
Carneiro graduated from the University of São Paulo in Brazil in 2015 with a bachelor of science in economics. Following graduation, she worked as an economic consultant, advocating for issues related to competition, regulation, and public interest law. She also worked with Mapa Educação, an organization dedicated to improving public education in Brazil. In this role, she communicated and strategized to advocate for sound educational policies at a local and national level for Brazil. She was also politically active in her community, working to create a campaign to elect a local politician in São Paulo. Carneiro was chosen as a ProLider Fellow in 2016, where she met with renowned politicians and government leaders to discuss public policy issues.
At The Pearson Institute, Carneiro is focused on better understanding and connecting policymakers with economic and political solutions to resolving conflicts in Brazil. Since starting at Harris Public Policy, she has developed a start-up, Ariel, in her native São Paulo. Ariel is a mobile system to encourage low-income parents in Brazil to prepare their children for school. By sending mobile messages to parents with children under age 6 that suggest activities to stimulate children's cognitive, motor, and socio-affective development, Carneiro and her colleagues are using evidence-based approaches to help bridge the early childhood education gap in Brazil, in order to more broadly combat inequality of opportunity.
Over the summer of 2018, Carneiro completed an internship with Hashdex, a tech startup that exists to bridge the crypto world and traditional markets and unlock the blockchain potential globally. She helped develop the market strategy for regulation on cryptocurrency/blockchain around the world and analyzed competitive landscapes.