Pedro Martins
Pedro Martins
Economics for Policy Knowledge Center

Full Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics. Director, Economics for Policy Knowledge Center. PhD in economics from the University of Warwick (2005). Lecturer and Professor at Queen Mary University of London (2004-21). Secretary of State for Employment in the Government of Portugal (2011-13): responsible for reforms in employment protection legislation, active labour market policies, the public employment service, and tripartite dialogue. Member of the group of experts advising the Government of Greece and the European Commission on labour market reforms (2016). Current research: collective bargaining, training, and employment services. 

Scientific Director, Economics for Policy Knowledge Center, Nova SBE ( and Co-Director, Executive Leadership in Public Administration.

2005 - PhD in Economics - Warwick

1998 - Master in Economics - York

1997 – Postgraduatedegree in European Studies – ISEG

1997 - Bachelor in Economics - NovaSBE

Labour economics and public policy, including employment services, training and industrial relations

  • Lopes, João, Martins, Pedro Silva, Oliveira, Célia, Ferreira, João, Oliveira, João , Crato, Nuno (2024). From A to Z: Effects of a 2nd-grade reading intervention program for struggling readers. Revista de Psicodidáctica, 29 (1), 57-68.
  • Martins, Pedro S., Melo, António (2024). Making their own weather? Estimating employer labour-market power and its wage effects. Journal of Urban Economics, 139.
  • Duan, Wenjing, Martins, Pedro Silva (2022). Rent sharing in China: Magnitude, heterogeneity and drivers. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 60 (1), 176-219.
  • Matute, Marta Martínez, Martins, Pedro S. (2022). How representative are social partners in Europe? The role of dissimilarity. Labour, 36 (4), 424-444.
  • Cabral, Sónia, Martins, Pedro S., Pereira dos Santos, João, Tavares, Mariana (2021). Collateral damage? Labour market effects of competing with China—at home and abroad. Economica, 88 (350), 570-600.
  • Cui, Ying, Martins, Pedro Silva (2021). What drives social returns to education? A meta-analysis. World Development, 148.
  • Gonçalves, Judite, Martins, Pedro S. (2021). Effects of self-employment on hospitalizations: instrumental variables analysis of social security data. Small Business Economics, 57 (3), 1527–1543.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2021). 30,000 minimum wages: The economic effects of collective bargaining extensions. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (2), 335-369.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2021). Do entry wages increase when severance pay drops? Not in recessions. Economics Letters, 201.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2021). Employee training and firm performance: evidence from ESF grant applications. Labour Economics, 72.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2021). Should the maximum duration of fixed-term contracts increase in recessions? Evidence from a law reform. International Review Of Law And Economics, 68.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2021). Working to get fired? Unemployment benefits and employment duration. Journal of Policy Modeling, 43 (5), 1016-1030.
  • Hijzen, Alexander, Martins, Pedro S. (2020). No extension without representation? Evidence from a natural experiment in collective bargaining. IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 9 (1).
  • Martins, Pedro S., Saraiva, Joana (2020). Assessing the legal value added of collective bargaining agreements. International Review Of Law And Economics, 62.
  • Hijzen, Alexander, Martins, Pedro Silva, Parlevliet, Jante (2019). Frontal assault versus incremental change: a comparison of collective bargaining in Portugal and the Netherlands. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 9 (1).
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2019). The microeconomic impacts of employee representatives: Evidence from membership thresholds. Industrial Relations, 58 (4), 591-622.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Piracha, Matloob, Varejão, José (2018). Do immigrants displace native workers? Evidence from matched panel data. Economic Modelling, 72, 216-222.
  • Snell, Andy, Martins, Pedro Silva, Stüber, Heiko, Thomas, Jonathan P. (2018). Bias in returns to tenure when firm wages and employment comove: A quantitative assessment and solution. Journal Of Labor Economics, 36 (1), 47-74.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Yang, Yong (2015). Globalized labour markets? International rent sharing across 47 countries. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53 (4), 664-691.
  • Hijzen, Alexander, Martins, Pedro Silva, Schank, Thorsten, Upward, Richard (2013). Foreign-owned firms around the world: a comparative analysis of wages and employment at the micro-level. European Economic Review, 60, 170-188.
  • Yang, Yong, Martins, Pedro Silva, Driffield, Nigel (2013). Multinational performance and the geography of FDI: evidence from 46 countries. Management International Review, 53 (6), 763-794.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Solon, Gary, Thomas, Jonathan P. (2012). Measuring what employers do about entry wages over the business cycle: a new approach. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 4 (4), 36-55.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2011). Paying more to hire the best? Foreign firms, wages, and worker mobility. Economic Inquiry, 49 (2), 349-363.
  • Esteves, Luiz A., Martins, Pedro Silva (2010). Nacionalidade das empresas e fluxo de empregos: evidências da indústria brasileira de transformação. Estudos Economicos, 40 (1), 133-152.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Snell, Andy, Thomas, Jonathan P. (2010). Downward wage rigidity in a model of equal treatment contracting. Scandinavian Journal Of Economics, 112 (4), 841-863.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Jin, Jim Y. (2010). Firm-level social returns to education. Journal of Population Economics, 23 (2), 539-558.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2009). Dismissals for cause: the difference that just eight paragraphs can make. Journal Of Labor Economics, 27 (2), 257-279.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2009). Rent sharing before and after the wage bill. Applied Economics, 41 (17), 2133-2151.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Yang, Yong (2009). The impact of exporting on firm productivity: a meta-analysis of the learning-by-exporting hypothesis. Review of World Economics, 145 (3), 431-445.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2008). Dispersion in wage premiums and firm performance. Economics Letters, 101 (1), 63-65.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2008). Worker churning and firms' wage policies. International Journal of Manpower, 29 (1), 48-63.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2007). Heterogeneity in real wage cyclicality. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 54 (5), 684-698.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2007). Rent sharing and wages. Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique, 46 (2-3), 23-31.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva, Lima, Francisco (2006). External recruitments and firm performance. Applied Economics Letters, 13 (14), 911-915.
  • Martins, Pedro (2005). The inter-industry wage structure of U.S. multinationals. Economics Bulletin, 10 (1).
  • Martins, Pedro, Snell, Andy, Thomas, Jonathan P. (2005). Wage dynamics, cohort effects, and limited commitment models. Journal Of The European Economic Association, 3 (2-3), 350-359.
  • Martins, Pedro S., Pereira, Pedro T. (2004). Does education reduce wage inequality? Quantile regression evidence from 16 countries. Labour Economics, 11 (3), 355-371.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2004). Industry wage premia: Evidence from the wage distribution. Economics Letters, 83 (2), 157-163.
  • Pereira, Pedro Telhado, Martins, Pedro Silva (2004). Returns to education and wage equations. Applied Economics, 36 (6), 525-531.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2003). Firm wage differentials in a competitive industry: Some matched-panel evidence. International Journal of Manpower, 24 (4), 336-346+490.
  • Pereira, Pedro Telhado, Silva Martins, Pedro (2002). Is there a return-risk link in education?. Economics Letters, 75 (1), 31-37.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2022). The economic implications of training for firm performance. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. Hamilton, Jonathan H. (Eds.), Oxford University Press.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2021). Internal labor market dimensions and labor productivity. Research in Labor Economics. : Workplace Productivity and Management Practices. Polachek, Solomon W., Tatsiramos, Konstantinos, Russo, Giovanni, Houten, Gijs van (Eds.), Emerald Group Holdings Ltd., Vol. 49, 107-137.
  • Martins, Pedro S. (2020). Measuring what social partners do about wages over the business cycle. Economic Globalization and Governance. : Essays in Honor of Jorge Braga de Macedo. Springer International Publishing, 261-275.
  • Conley, Hazel, Healy, Geraldine, Martins, Pedro, Warren, Stella (2018). Decentralisation and the gender pay gap in the UK context: Case studies. The Gender Pay Gap and Social Partnership in Europe. : Findings from 'Close the Deal, Fill the Gap'. Taylor & Francis, 90-113.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva (2018). Public policy, big data, and counterfactual evaluation: an illustration from an employment activation programme. Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation. : How Access to Microdata is Transforming Policy Design. Springer International Publishing, 149-163.
  • Martins, Pedro Silva(2022), 30 p., (Global Labor Organization, n. 1163), The wage effects of employers' associations: A case study of the private schools sector.
  • Martins, Pedro S.(2021), (Global Labor Organization (GLO), n. 971), Which occupations do jobseekers and firms look for? Evidence from three public employment services.