Professor - Queen Mary, University of London
Pedro S. Martins was Secretary of State for Employment in the Government of Portugal from 2011 until 2013. During this period, he was responsible for reforms in areas such as employment protection legislation, active labour market policies, the public employment service, apprenticeships, the European Social Fund, and tripartite dialogue.
He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a degree from Nova Lisbon, both in economics.
Professor Martins’ academic research has focused on the roles of schooling, business cycles and globalisation on the wage distribution; and the effects of institutions, in particular employment protection, upon different worker and firm outcomes. Current interests also include activation measures, collective bargaining and training.
His research is published in the Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, European Economic Review, Journal of the European Economic Association, Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economics Letters and other journals and edited volumes.
He is currently a member of the Group of Independent Experts advising the Government of Greece and the European Commission on the future round of labour market reforms in that country. He has collaborated recently with the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund on a counterfactual evaluation of the effects of collective bargaining.
- ‘Globalised labour markets? International rent sharing across 47 countries’, with Yong Yang. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(4), 664–691, 2015.
- ‘Foreign-Owned Firms Around the World: A Comparative Analysis of Wages and Employment at the Micro-Level’, with Alexander Hijzen, Thorsten Schank, and Richard Upward. European Economic Review, 60(C), 170-188, 2013.
- ‘Measuring What Employers Do about Entry Wages over the Business Cycle: A New Approach’, with Gary Solon and Jonathan Thomas. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 4(4), 36-55, 2012.
- ‘Dismissals for Cause: The Difference that Just Eight Paragraphs Can Make’, Journal of Labor Economics, 27(2), 257-279, 2009.
- ‘Does Education Reduce Wage Inequality? Quantile Regression Evidence from 16 Countries’, with Pedro T. Pereira. Labour Economics, 11(3), 355-371, 2004.
Pedro Martins on Twitter: @pmrsmartins