Professor at the Central European University in Budapest. Co-founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava. Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University's Labor and Worklife Program. Affiliated Scholar at Centre for Population, Development and Labour Economics (POP), MERIT, United Nations University, Maastricht, and University of Economics in Bratislava. Visiting Research Fellow and former Deputy Program Director "Migration", leader of the research sub-area EU Enlargement and the Labor Markets and Deputy Director of Research (2009) at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
Chairperson of the Slovak Economic Association and member of Academia Europea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.
His main research interests are labor and population economics, ethnicity, migration, and reforms in Central Eastern European labor markets. Martin Kahanec has published in peer-reviewed academic journals, contributed chapters in collected volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality (OxfordUP) and the International Handbook on the Economics of Migration (Edward Elgar), and he has edited several scientific book volumes and journal special issues.
He is the founding Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, recently included in Scopus; Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower; 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, 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.