A. Bio

I am a labour economist and Professor at Queen Mary University of London. 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 investigate the causal relationships between programmes or policies (particularly in collective bargaining and employment services) and outcomes such as employment, productivity and wages. These studies are usually based on the econometric analysis of large data sets. I also work on the related areas of development (mostly Brazil, China and Mozambique), education (with EPIS and IE), and international economics.

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 (OECD evaluation). This experience has influenced my research impact around social dialogue, with a focus on the specific issue of collective bargaining extensions, and my work as co-editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy

My findings have been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Labor Economics, American Economic Journal (Macro), European Economic Review, Industrial Relations, and British Journal of Industrial Relations. My research has also been discussed in the international media, including the Financial Times and The Economist. Some of these studies have been supported by research grants in which I was principal investigator, totaling over €600k since 2014, and draw on collaborations with international organisations, including the European Commission, ILO, IMF, OECD, Socieux and World Bank. 

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