School of Business and Management

Professor Pedro Martins


Professor of Applied Economics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2708
Room Number: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 3.44b


Student drop-in and feedback hours
By appointment


Research Impact Lead
First Year Academic Advisor
Deputy Director for the Centre for Globalisation Research

Prof Martins is an empirical labour economist. His policy-oriented research draws on his experience as Secretary of State for Employment in the Government of Portugal (2011-2013) and has been supported by a number of organisations, including the European Commission, OECD, IMF, ILO, ESRC, British Academy, and IPEA.

Prof Martins is also a research fellow of IZA (Bonn) and the head of the Scientific Council of EPIS, an NGO that promotes social inclusion.



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On sabbatical leave 2019/20


Research Interests:

Prof Martins is an empirical labour economist. His main research interests are in

employment law/collective bargaining

employment services/training

the role of international trade and multinationals on labour markets 


Journal Articles:

  • P. Martins, A. Snell, H. Stueber & J. Thomas (forthcoming) Bias in Returns to Tenure When Firm Wages and Employment Comove: A Quantitative Assessment and Solution', Journal of Labor Economics.
  • P. Martins, Y. Yang (2015) 'Globalised labour markets? International rent sharing across 47 countries'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(4), 664–691.
  • P. Martins, Y. Yang, N. Driffield (2013) 'Multinational Performance and the Geography of FDI: Evidence from 46 Countries', Management International Review, 53(6), 763-794. 
  • A. Hijzen, P. Martins, Th. Schank, R. Upward (2013) 'Foreign-Owned Firms Around the World: A Comparative Analysis of Wages and Employment at the Micro-Level', European Economic Review, 60(C), 170-188. 
  • P. Martins, G. Solon, J. Thomas (2012) 'Measuring What Employers Do about Entry Wages over the Business Cycle: A New Approach', American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 4(4), 36-55. 
  • P. Martins, (2011) 'Paying More to Hire the Best? Foreign Firms, Wages and Worker Mobility', Economic Inquiry, 49(2), 349-363.
  • P.Martins, A Snell, J Thomas (2010) 'Real and Nominal Wage Rigidity in a Model of Equal-Treatment Contracting', Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 112(4), 841-863.
  • P. Martins, J. Jin, (2010) 'Firm-Level Social Returns to Education', Journal of Population Economics, 23(2), 539-558
  • P. Martins, (2009) 'Dismissals for Cause: The Difference that Just Eight Paragraphs Can Make', Journal of Labor Economics, 27(2), 257-279
  • P. Martins, Y. Yang, (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
  • P. Martins, (2009) 'Rent Sharing Before and After the Wage Bill', Applied Economics, 41(17), 2133-2151
  • P. Martins, (2008) 'Dispersion in Wage Premiums and Firm Performance', Economics Letters, 101(1), 63-65
  • P. Martins, (2007) 'Heterogeneity in Real Wage Cyclicality', Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 54(5), 684-698
  • P. Martins, A. Snell, J. Thomas, (2005) 'Wage Dynamics, Cohort Effects, and Limited Commitment Models', Journal of the European Economic Association, 3(2/3): 350-359
  • P. Martins, P. Pereira, (2004) 'Does Education Reduce Wage Inequality? Quantile Regression Evidence from 16 Countries', Labour Economics, 11(3): 355-371, ISSN: 0927-5371
  • P. Martins, (2004) 'Industry Wage Premia: Evidence from the Wage Distribution', Economics Letters, 83(2): 157-163, ISSN: 0165-1765
  • P. Martins, P. Pereira, (2002) 'Is There a Return-Risk Link in Education?' Economics Letters, 75(1): 31-37, ISSN: 0165-1765

Working papers:

PhD Supervision

Supervision interests

Empirical labour economics

Current Doctoral Students

First Supervisor:

Li Dai, ‘Returns to Education – Evidence from China'

Huy Quang Bui, ‘Search and Matching in Labour Markets and International Trade’

Ying Cui, ‘Social Returns to Education – Evidence from China’

Second supervisor:

Vladislav Skovorodov

Yifan Qian

Supervision Completions

Dr Eshref Trushin (2010) [Current position: Senior Lecturer in Economics, De Montfort University]

Dr Yong Yang (2009) [Current position: Reader in Strategy, Sussex University]

Public Engagement