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Fernando Alexandre

Ph.D in Economics Birkbeck College, University of London


Fernando Alexandre holds a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is an Associate Professor with Habilitation at University of Minho, where we was Pro- Rector, Head of the School of Business and Economics and Director of the Department of Economics. He was Secretary of State in the Portuguese Government in 2013-2015. Currently, he is also Vice-President of Conselho Económico e Social, an economics consultant at Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos and Member of the Advisory Board of the National Productivity Board. His research interests are macroeconomics, financial markets and the Portuguese economy. He authored or co-authored eight books, several book chapters and papers in journals such as Labour Economics, Journal of Technology Transfer, Regional Studies, The World Economy, Open Economies Review, Economics Letters, CESifo Economic Studies or Higher Education. He has acted as a consultant, both for private and public institutions, including the European Commission and the Portuguese Government.



Areas of interest

Monetary and Financial Economics
Portuguese Economy
Social Security.


Alexandre, F , Costa, H , Faria, A P , & Portela, M (2022)

Enhancing University–Industry collaboration: the role of intermediary organizations

Journal of Technology Transfer, 47(5) 1584-1611 DOI
Alexandre, F , & Bação, P (2022)

The Portuguese Macroeconomic Policy Framework

In J M Fernandes, P C Magalhães, & A C Pinto (Eds ) The Oxford Handbook of Portuguese Politics Oxford University Press DOI
Alexandre, F , Bação, P , Cerejeira, J , Costa, H , & Portela, M (2022)

Minimum wage and financially distressed firms: Another one bites the dust

Labour Economics, 74, 102088 DOI
Alexandre, F , Bação, P , & Veiga, F J (2022)

The political economy of productivity growth

European Journal of Political Economy, 102185 DOI
Alexandre, F , Costa, H , Portela, M , & Rodrigues, M (2021)

Asymmetric regional dynamics in the Portuguese economy: debt, openness and local revenues

Regional Studies, 55(2), 322–332 DOI


É tudo sobre produtividade: contribuições para a compreensão da estagnação da economia portuguesa

Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Duration: 2018-10-01 - 2022-09-30

Do made in ao created in: um novo paradigma para a economia portuguesa

Funding: Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos

Duration: 2020-08 - 2021-10

Assessment on Financial support to Undertakings in Portugal: Subventions, Prizes, Repayable Assistance, Financial Instruments

Funding: Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

Duration: 2019-08 - 2021-06

Investimento empresarial e o crescimento da economia portuguesa

Funding: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Duration: 2017-04-01 - 2017-06-30

Financial Literacy

Funding: European Investment Bank

Duration: 2013-01-01 - 2015-12-31

1986-2010: The Portuguese Economy in the European Union

Funding: Universidade do Minho

Duration: 2010-04-01 - 2014-05-07

Monetary policy and asset prices in regime-switching economies

Funding: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Duration: 2010-01-01 - 2012-06-30


Economia Portuguesa e Europeia Licenciatura
Macroeconomia I Licenciatura
Políticas Macroeconómicas Mestrado
Projeto em Economia Aplicada Licenciatura