Professor and Acting Dean (2020-21, 2017-19) of the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. Founder and Scientific Director of CELSI, Bratislava. Mercator Senior Visiting Fellow (20019-20) 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. Visiting Research Fellow (2012-2015) and Deputy Program Director "Migration" (2007-2016), leader of the research sub-area EU Enlargement and the Labor Markets 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 national COVID-19 Economic Crisis Management Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and member of Minister's advisory council; member of the Scientific Board of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Elected member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, and member of its Section Committee "Economics, Busines and Management Sciences". Chairperson of the Slovak Economic Association (2016-2018).
His main research interests are labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in 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 has edited several scientific book volumes and journal special issues.
Associate Editor of the International Journal of Manpower; 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.