Mário Centeno was born in Olhão, Portugal, in 1966. On November 26, 2015 he was sworn in as Finance Minister of the XXI Constitutional Government of the Portuguese Republic.
He graduated in Economics by ISEG-Technical University of Lisbon in 1990, he has two Masters – the first one in Applied Mathematics, by ISEG-UTL in 1993, the second one in Economics, by Harvard University, USA, in 1998 – and a Ph.D. in Economics, by Harvard University, USA, concluded in 2000. He is consultant of Portugal’s Central Bank since 2014. He is Professor at ISEG, University de Lisboa.
Mário Centeno joined Portugal’s Central Bank in 2000, where he worked as an economist until 2004. From 2004 to 2013 he was assistant director of the Central Bank Economics’ Department. He also directed the Macroeconomics Statistics Development’s workgroup in the Superior Statistics Council between 2007 and 2013.
As a Labor Economist, we worked on the team of the Labor Relations White Book Committee from 2006 to 2007 and was a Member of the European Association of Labor Economists Executive Committee from 2003 to 2005. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labor Economists from 2003 to 2005. He was a member of the Economic Policy Committee from the European Commission between 2004 and 2013.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Portuguese Economic Journal since 2001 and an author and co-author of several scientific publications, books and book chapters related to his areas of interest, such as Labor Economy, Econometrics, Microeconomics, and Contract Theory.