Pedro Teixeira is Full Professor in Economics at the Faculty of Economics (University of Porto) and Director of CIPES (Centre of Research on Higher Education Policy). Between June 2014 and June 2018 he was also Vice Rector at the University of Porto, being responsible for the area of Academic Affairs/Teaching and Learning. Since April 2016 he has been Special Advisor to the President of Portugal on Higher Education and Science issues. He holds a PhD in Economics (Exeter University, UK), a Masters in the Economics of Higher Education at CHEPS (University of Twente, The Netherlands), and a BA in Economics (University of Porto).
His research interests focus on the economics of higher education, notably on markets and privatisation, and the development of human capital as a research program. He is the author "Jacob Mincer - A Founding Father of Modern Labour Economics" (Oxford UP, 2007), which was the first volume of the IZA Prize Series and was awarded in 2009 the Best Book Prize by the European Society of History of Economic Thought. He has also co-edited the following three volumes: "Markets in Higher Education - Reality or Rhetoric?"(Kluwer, 2004), "Cost-Sharing and Accessibility in Higher Education - A Fairer Deal?"(Springer, 2006), "Public Vices, Private Virtues? assessing the Effects of Marketization in Higher Education" (Sense, 2011), and "Policy Design and Implementation in Higher education" (Springer, 2013). He has also edited a four volume collection of critical writings on Human Capital (Routledge, 2014).
He has published articles in the following journals: Applied Economics, Applied Economic Letters, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society; European Journal of Education; European Journal of History of Economic Thought; European Journal of Operational Research; Higher Education; Higher Education Policy; Higher Education Quarterly; History of Political Economy, History of Economic Ideas, Journal of the European Higher Education Area; Journal of Economic Methodology; Journal of Economic Issues; Minerva; Public Administration Review; Research Policy; and Studies in Higher Education.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2003.