Martin Kahanec

Head of Department

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51 | B411

Professor and Head of the Department of Public Policy (2021- ) at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna. Martin Kahanec acted as the Dean of CEU's School of Public Policy in 2017-19 and in the academic year 2020-21; he was elected to continue as the Head of the unit when it was renamed to Department as of the academic year 2021-22.

Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava. Mercator Senior Visiting Fellow (2019-20) at Bruegel, Brussels. Affiliated Scholar and member of the Advisory Board at the Global Labor Organization. Affiliated Researcher at Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP), MERIT, United Nations University, Maastricht; and the University of Economics in Bratislava.  Research Fellow (2005-2015), Deputy Program Director "Migration" (2007-2016), and Deputy Director of Research (2009) at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University's Labor and Worklife Program 2014/15.

Member of the Council of the Government of the Slovak Republic for Science, Technology and Innovation as well as the Scientific Board of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic; former member of the national COVID-19 Economic Crisis Management Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and member of Minister's advisory council (2020-2021).

Elected member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, and Chairperson of its Section Committee "Economics, Busines and Management Sciences". Former president of the Slovak Economic Association (2016-2018).

His main research interests are economic policy, labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in European labor markets. Martin Kahanec has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and has edited and contributed to several scientific book volumes and journal special issues.

Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower and Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; Editorial Board member of the Journal of European Social Policy and Economic Systems; founding Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies (2012-2016, included in Scopus under Kahanec's editorship); and former member of the Editorial Board of Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research.

Martin Kahanec has held several advisory positions and leading roles in a number of scientific and policy projects with the World Bank, the European Commission, European Parliament, European Court of Auditors, OECD, and other international and national institutions.

Martin Kahanec earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2006 from the Center for Economic Research (CentER), Tilburg University, the Netherlands.


PhD. Tilburg University, the Netherlands
M.A. Central European University, Hungary
Mgr. and Bc. Comenius University, Slovakia

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Courses taught by Martin Kahanec

Events with involvement of Martin Kahanec

CEU-GLO-CEPR Workshop on the Reconstruction of Ukraine as part of the GLO Global Conference 2022
December 1, 2022 - 3:30pm
DPP Research Seminar: Living Wages Globally
October 19, 2022 - 11:30am
“Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone” | A Book Launch and Discussion with John Shattuck
June 2, 2022 - 11:30am
Estimating International Migration Flows: Past, Present and Future
June 17, 2021 - 12:00pm
“Human Resources Challenges” Virtual Workshop of the Academia Europaea (AE) Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences” 
May 17, 2021 - 9:00am
BOOK LAUNCH: Europe's Income, Wealth, Consumption, and Inequality
April 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Online SPP Research Seminar: The Impact of Mass Antigen Testing for COVID-19 on the Prevalence of the Disease
February 24, 2021 - 12:30pm
The Šimečka Report: Launching an EU Mechanism on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights
December 9, 2020 - 12:30pm
“COVID-19” Virtual Workshop of the Academia Europaea (AE) Section “Economics, Business and Management Sciences” hosted by SPP
November 23, 2020 - 8:00am
Michal ŠIMEČKA "Launch Event: EU Mechanism on Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights"
February 18, 2020 - 4:30pm
Happy Hour with former Dean of SPP Martin Kahanec in Brussels
November 6, 2019 - 5:00pm
The Future of Europe after the European Elections
June 5, 2019 - 3:30pm
Bridging Policy, Theory and Practice Workshop
April 12, 2018 - 11:00am
The WageIndicator Story: Generating Data for a Happier Working Life
March 12, 2018 - 2:30pm
Dreams in Politics: The Canadian Dream
February 13, 2018 - 4:30pm
Can we fix the European migration challenge? - Info Session
December 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Can we fix the European migration challenge? - Info Session with CEU’s School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science
December 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
"Hate speech" and responses in Turkey
December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
Tackling Barriers to Youth Employment: Martin Kahanec Speaks at the JRC
June 14, 2017 - 11:00am
School of Public Policy Alumni Reunion “Back to School” session
May 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
Migration Research Group Seminar - How Immigrants Helped EU Labor Markets to Adjust during the Great Recession
February 14, 2017 - 4:15pm
Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession
October 6, 2016 - 8:55am

Projects with involvement of Martin Kahanec