Pedro Silva Martins is Professor of Applied Economics at Queen Mary, University of London, and Research Fellow of NovaSBE (Lisbon).
He 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. In 2016, he was a member of the group of experts advising the Government of Greece and the European Commission on labour market reforms.
He holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and a degree from Nova Lisbon, both in economics.
Pedro's 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 employment services and collective bargaining.
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, Industrial Relations, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economics Letters and other journals and edited volumes. He has also collaborated with a number of international organisations, including the European Commission, ILO, IMF, OECD, and the World Bank.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2004.