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School of Economics and Finance

Joao Pereira dos Santos


Postdoctoral Researcher



João Pereira dos Santos is an UKRI Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Economics and Finance at QMUL. He is an Assistant Professor at ISEG – University of Lisbon (on leave), an IZA – Institute for Labor Economics research affiliate, and a research fellow at RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economics Research. 

His research interests are at the intersection of empirical public economics, policy evaluation, and economic history. He received his PhD from Nova School of Business and Economics in 2021. He was a visiting student at Harvard University during the spring semester of 2019 with a scholarship from Fulbright-FCT and completed the Advanced Studies Program in the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2016.

Between 2019 and 2021, João served as a technical advisor for Economic Affairs in the cabinet of the Secretary of State Assistant to the Portuguese Prime-Minister.




  • Branco, C., Dohse, D., Tavares, J., Santos, J. (2023) “Nobody’s Gonna Slow Me Down? The Effects of a Transportation Cost Shock on Firm Performance and Behavior”, Journal of Urban Economics. 
  • Carvalho, B., Nunes, C.,  Peralta, S., Tavares, J., Santos, J. (2023) “Failing Young and Temporary Workers: The Impact of Covid-19 on a Dual Labor Market”, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy.
  • Batalha, M., Gonçalves, D., Peralta, S., Santos, J. (2022) “The virus that devastated tourism: the impact of covid-19 on the real estate market”, Regional Science and Urban Economics.
  • Carvalho, B., Peralta, S., Santos, J. (2022) “Regional and Sectorial Impacts of the Covid-19 Crisis: Evidence from Electronic Payments”, Journal of Regional Science. 
  • Tavares, J., Vicente, P., Santos, J. (2021) “Can ATMs Get Out the Vote? Evidence from a Nationwide Field Experiment”, European Economic Review.
  • Mesquita, J.,  Tavares, J., Santos, J. (2021) “Leave Them Kids Alone! National Exams as a Political Tool”. Public Choice.
  • Cabral, S., Martins, P., Tavares, M., Santos, J. (2021). “Collateral Damage? Labour Market Effects of Competing with China – at Home and Abroad”, Economica 88:350.
  • Audretsch, D., Dohse, D.C., Santos, J. (2020) “The Effects of Highway Tolls on Private Business Activity – Results from a Natural Experiment”, Journal of Economic Geography 20:6
  • Gonçalves, J., Santos, J. (2020) “Brown Sugar, how come you taste so good? The impact of a Soda Tax on prices and consumption”, Social Science and Medicine 264.
  • Peralta, S., Santos, J. (2020). “Who seeks re-election: Local Fiscal Autonomy and Political Careers” Public Choice 184.
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