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 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 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, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economics Letters and other journals and edited volumes.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2004.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1382
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2010, 23(2), 539-558
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1376
published in: Applied Economics, 2009, 41(17), 2133-2151
IZA Discussion Paper No. 321
published in: Economics Letters, 2002, 75 (1), 31-37
IZA Discussion Paper No. 298
published in: Applied Economics, 2004, 36 (6), 525-531
IZA Discussion Paper No. 120
published in: Labour Economics, 2004, 11 (3), 355-371