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Manos Matsaganis


Trained as an economist in Greece (AUEB) and in England (MSc Health Economics at York; PhD at Bristol), Manos Matsaganis came to his current job at the Athens University of Economics and Business after research and teaching positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Crete, and a spell as Policy Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office (1997-2001). At AUEB he is Associate Professor of Social and Employment Policy, and co-ordinator of the Policy Analysis Research Unit (

He has considerable experience as consultant or advisor to international organizations such as the European Commission, the OECD, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Foundation. In 2012-2014 he was a member of the Expert Group on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion on the invitation of European Commissioner László Andor. Since 2013 he sits at the Advisory Board of Solidarity Now, an Athens-based charity supported by Open Society Foundation.

As an economist with an interest in public policy, he has written on a variety of topics including labor taxation, youth unemployment, health care, pensions, income support, poverty, European social policy, tax evasion and others. He has published papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Fiscal Studies, Journal of Health Economics, European Journal of Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, International Journal of Health Services, Health Policy, Health Policy and Planning, Political Studies Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Social Policy, Journal of European Social Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Critical Social Policy, International Journal of Social Welfare, South European Society and Politics, Basic Income Studies and others. Moreover, he has refereed papers for several journals, and is a member of the editorial or advisory board of South European Society and Politics, Politiche Sociali, and Greek Review of Social Research.

Manos Matsaganis has participated in a number of European research projects such as, among others, reduction in Europe: social policy and innovation”(ImPRovE), “EU Social Situation Monitor” (SSM), “EUROMOD-microsimulation tool for modelling the impact of policy measures” (EMupdate), “EU Social Situation Observatory” (SSO), “Accurate income measurement for the assessment of public policies” (AIM-AP), “Micro-level analysis of the European Social Agenda: combating poverty and social exclusion through changes in social and fiscal policy (MICRESA)”, “Combatting poverty through guaranteed minimum income programmes in South Europe (FIPOSC)”; “Social exclusion, social policy and the role of the EU” (EXSPRO), “A European tax-benefit model” (EUROMOD) and “European models for purchasing strategies” (EuroPurse).

His current research focuses on the distributional implications of the Eurozone crisis, the political economy of austerity in Greece, and the effects of the minimum wage on employment, earnings and poverty. In 2014-2015 Manos Matsaganis visited the United States as a Fulbright Scholar (winter term: Center for European Studies at Harvard; spring term: Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley), then Italy as visiting professor (Università dell’Insubria; Università degli Studi di Milano).


Updated October 2015