Marta Silva

research interests

Labour Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Short Bio

Marta Silva holds a PhD in Economics at ISCTE-IUL. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (ISCTE-IUL, 2011) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics (ISCTE-IUL, 2012). Her main research interests are labour economics, applied microeconometrics and policy evaluation. During the course of the Ph.D. studies, she focused on the impact of changes in legislation easing the regulations on fixed-term contracts in the Portuguese labour market. In 2014, she was one of the winners of the FEEM Award at the Annual Congress of the European Economic Association, given to the three best papers presented by young economists.

research project at dinâmia'cet-Iscte

In the medium-term, my research program will focus on the study of the effects of labour market policies, and notably on the effects of flexibility at the margin. This research program aims to contribute to the empirical study of the determinants of the productivity differentials between workers on fixed-term contracts and those with permanent contracts and the role of training and peers in the wage determination.To address these questions, I plan to use econometric models that allow capturing the potential heterogeneous effects of changes in the regulation of fixed-term contracts in the above mentioned outcomes. 

Link to DINÂMIA'CET-IUL identifying mission:

I believe my research program is in line with D’C’s scientific identity because it focuses on the effects of the changes in the regulations of fixed-term contracts and aims to contribute to the ongoing discussion about the design of more effective policy measures. Particularly, this research program contributes to the goals of D’C’s research group “Innovation, Knowledge and Labour”. Departing from the different theoretical frameworks, I plan to conduct empirical studies to understand the main causes and effects of labour market segmentation.

Main publications

Silva, M., Martins, L. F., and Lopes, H. (2015), “Asymmetric labour market reforms and wage growth with fixed-term contracts: does learning about match quality matter?”, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL) Working Paper 15/04, University Institute of Lisbon

Main projects

Last update

18 de setembro de 2020