A. Bio

I am an empirical labour economist. My research contributes to the understanding of labour markets and the role of public policy in improving efficiency and equity. 

The studies I conduct typically draw on the econometric analysis of large data sets to investigate potential causal relationships between programmes or policies (particularly in collective bargaining and employment services) and outcomes of interest, such as employment, productivity and income. 

My approach to research has been shaped by my experience in the Government of Portugal, when I was responsible for a number of major policy reforms (described and evaluated by the OECD here). I also work on the related areas of development (focusing on the cases of Brazil, China and Mozambique), education (with the EPIS charity), and international economics.

My findings have been published in leading journals, including the Journal of Labor Economics, the American Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the European Economic Review, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, and Economics Letters. Some of these studies have been supported by research grants in which I was principal investigator, totaling over €500k since 2014, and draw on collaborations with several international organisations, including the European Commission, the OECD, and the ILO. 

According to the RePEc rankings, my research places me in the top 5% of economists in the world.