The group Markets and Organizations (MarkOrg) is devoted to research in the areas of decision-making and economic policy, studying both the choices of investors, entrepreneurs, managers, workers and consumers, and how to improve the allocation of resources at the firm level. It is currently structured around the following topics:

1. The study where firms locate their activities, and why they form clusters. We perform leading empirical research, and we develop statistical methods to tackle the data on location decisions.

2. The study of the relationship between entrepreneurship, market structure and innovation. Our theoretical research provides insights for economic policy, and the group has specific skills in fields like health and energy.

3. The measure of how the labor market adapts to demographic change (like ageing and migration), globalization, mergers and acquisitions among firms, and labor policies. We offer a detailed analysis of the Portuguese labor market, as we use Personnel Records, a comprehensive database with data on Portuguese workers. We have both the databases and the researchers who develop the econometric methods to deal with the data.

4. The assessment of how corporate governance and financial markets influence firms’ choices. We also address the effects of the global financial crisis in theoretical and empirical work.

5. The assessment of firm’s productivity and its adjustment costs. Using linear programming methods, econometric techniques and discrete choice models, we investigate if firms operate near their efficient frontier.

6. The design of incentives, governance structures, and policies to correct distortions in market allocations, giving special attention to competition policy.

7. The evaluation of economic policies. More specifically, we have extensive Portuguese databases, which allow us to evaluate carefully the implementation of active labour market policies, and we have the expertise in econometric methods, which allow us to fully exploit the information contained in this datasets.



The Research Director is José Jorge, and the group has the following researchers:



Members                          External Researchers                            Doctorate  Students 
Ana Paula Africano













Manuel Castelo Branco














Alexandre Almeida
Álvaro Almeida













Jorge Cerdeira














M. Isabel Araújo
Carlos F. Alves 













José da Silva Costa














Rita Bastião
António Brandão 













Erika Laranjeira














Joana F. Cima
Anabela Carneiro 













F. Siciliani Oliveira














Sandra Correia
Francisco Castro 













Joana Pinho














Joana Costa
Mónica Costa Dias 













Vera Rocha














Catarina Fernandes
Jorge Farinha 













Joana Silva














Cristina Fernandes
Octávio Figueiredo 













António Carlos Teixeira 














Nehal Khodeiri
Rosa Forte 



























Bernardo Marques
Pilar González 



























Raju Paswan
Paulo Guimarães  



























Carlos Pinto
José Jorge 



























Ana Sá
José António Moreira 



























Isabel Sousa
Isabel Mota 



























Nuno Moutinho   




























Paulo Pereira 




























Samuel Pereira 




























Teresa Proença 




























Cláudia Ribeiro




























Margarida Ruivo 




























Luis Delfim Santos 




























Paula Sarmento 




























Ana Paula Serra 




























Armando Silva 




























Elvira Silva 




























Isabel Soares 




























Nuno Soares  




























Miguel Sousa 




























Nuno Sousa Pereira  




























Ana Teresa Tavares-Lehmann 




























Helder Valente da Silva  




























José Varejão 




























Helder Vasconcelos