Press release: CELSI Director Martin Kahanec elected as a full member of the Academia Europea as the first Slovak in the social and related sciences

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Press release: CELSI Director Martin Kahanec elected as a full member of the Academia Europea as the first Slovak in the social and related sciences

Published on July 18, 2016

On June 26, 2016, at the meeting of the Council of Academia Europea, the European Academy of Sciences, CELSI Research Director Martin Kahanec was elected a full member of Academia Europea in the Economics, Business and Management Sciences Section. He received this award as the fifth Slovak overall and the first in the social sciences and related sciences.


The new members of the Academia Europea are nominated by the existing members and then go through a rigorous evaluation process, after which they are submitted to the Academia Europea Council for approval.

Academia Europea was founded in 1988 as Pan-European Academy of Sciences. It currently has 3,500 members, reputable scientists representing every European country and scientific discipline.

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Martin Kahanec is an economist dealing mainly with the labour market. Since January 2010, he has been working at the Central European University in Budapest, where he was appointed professor in 2016. He has been working as a researcher at the University of Economics in Bratislava since 2015. Since 2016, he has been cooperating with the Center for Population, Development and Labour Economics of the United Nations University (UNU). Martin Kahanec is a Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University as well as the Institute for Labor Studies (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, where he has long served as Deputy Director of the Migration Program, Head of the European Union Labour Market and Enlargement Research Group and Deputy Director of Research (2009). Since 2016, he has been an invited member of the Academia Europea, the European Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on labour market economics, population economics, ethnicity and migration.

Martin Kahanec publishes in international scientific journals, published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality, Oxford University Press, and edits scientific publications and special issues of scientific journals. He is the editor-in-chief of the IZA Journal of European Labour Studies and associate editor of the International Journal of Manpower. Martin Kahanec has collaborated on several scientific and applied projects of the World Bank, the European Commission, the OECD, and other international and national institutions. He defended his doctorate in economics in 2006 at the Center for Economic Research (CentER) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands with a dissertation on Social Interaction and the Labour Market: Essays on Income Inequality, Labour Substitution and the Labour Market : Essays on Earnings Inequality, Labour Substitutability, and Segregation). Martin Kahanec has been a guest of the European Union's Marie Curie Program during his doctoral studies at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE, Toulouse 1 Sciences Sociales) in France and at the European Center for Research in Economics and Statistics at the University of Brussels in Brussels, Belgium (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, ECARES, University of Brussels). Martin Kahanec studied economics at the Central European University in Budapest in Hungary (Central European University) and international economics at the Faculty of Management at Comenius University in Bratislava.


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