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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


On sabbatical leave in 2019/2020.

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:

  • J. Goncalves and P. Martins (2020) 'The effect of self-employment on health: Evidence from longitudinal social security data', Small Business Economics, forthcoming
  • P. Martins and J. Saraiva (2020) 'Assessing the Legal Value Added of Collective Bargaining Agreements'. International Review of Law & Economics, forthcoming
  • P. Martins (2019) 'The Microeconomic Impact of Employee Representatives: Evidence from Membership Thresholds', Industrial Relations, 58(4), 591-622.
  • A. Hijzen, P. Martins and J. Parlevliet (2019) 'Frontal assault versus incremental change: A comparison of collective bargaining in Portugal and the Netherlands', IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 9(8), 1-26.
  • P. Martins, A. Snell, H. Stueber & J. Thomas (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.
  • P. Martins, M. Piracha and J. Varejao 'Do Immigrants Displace Native Workers? Evidence from Matched Panel Data'. Economic Modelling, 72(C), 216-222, 2018
  • 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:

  • P. Martins (2020) 'What do Employers' Associations do?' (GLO DP 496)
  • L. Dai and P. Martins (2020) 'Does vocational education pay off in China? Quantile-regression instrumental-variables evidence' (GLO DP 495)
  • P. Martins (2020) 'Employee training and firm performance: Quasi-experimental evidence from the European Social Fund' (GLO DP 488)
  • P. Martins and W. Duan (2019) 'Rent sharing in China: Magnitude, Heterogeneity and Drivers', (IZA DP 12169; Blog: English; Chinese)
  • P. Martins (2018) 'Making their own weather? Estimating employer labour-market power and its wage effects' (CGR WP 95)
  • P. Martins (2018) 'The Microeconomic Impact of Employee Representatives: Evidence from Membership Thresholds' (CGR WP 93)
  • P. Martins (2018) 'Collateral Damage? Labour Market Effects of Competing with China - at Home and Abroad', with Sonia Cabral, Joao P. dos Santos, and Mariana Tavares (IZA DP 11790; Media: Vox; Expresso)
  • P. Martins (2018) 'The effect of self-employment on health: Evidence from longitudinal social security data', with Judite Goncalves (GLO WP 245)
  • P. Martins and D. Gamage (2018) 'Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships in Employment Services: The Case of the UK Work Programme' (CGR WP 87)
  • P. Martins, A. Hijzen and J. Parlevliet (2019) 'Collective bargaining through the magnifying glass: A comparison between the Netherlands and Portugal', with Alexander Hijzen and Jante Parlevliet (DNB WP 576)
  • P. Martins (2018) 'Clicking towards Mozambique's New Jobs' (CGR WP 85)
  • P. Martins (2018) '(How) Do Non-Cognitive Skills Programs Improve Adolescent School Achievement? Experimental Evidence' (IZA DP 10950)
  • P. Martins (2016) ‘Do wages increase when severance pay drops? Not in recessions’, Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 77.
  • P. Martins (2016) ‘The third worker: Assessing the trade-off between employees and contractors', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 75.
  • P. Martins (2016) ‘Can overtime premium flexibility promote employment? Firm- and worker-level evidence from a labour law reform', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 74.
  • P. Martins (2016) ‘Should the maximum duration of fixed-term contracts increase in recessions? Evidence from a law reform', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 73.
  • P. Martins (2016) ‘Employment Resilience through Services Exports? Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee Data' , Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 72.
  • P. Martins, A. Hijzen (2016) ‘No Extension without Representation? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Collective Bargaining', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 68.
  • P. Martins (2015) ‘Working to get fired? Regression discontinuity effects of unemployment benefit eligibility on prior employment duration’, Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 61.
  • P. Martins (2015) ‘The Diversity of Personnel Practices and Firm Performance’, Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 62.
  • P. Martins (2014) '30,000 Minimum Wages: The Economic Effects of Collective Agreements Extensions', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 51.
  • P. Martins, S. Pessoa e Costa (2014) 'Reemployment effects from increased activation: Evidence from times of crisis', Centre for Globalisation Research Working Paper 52.


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