Álvaro Santos Pereira


Álvaro Santos Pereira


Minister of Economy and Employment


Álvaro Santos Pereira was born in Viseu in 1972. Álvaro Santos Pereira completed his first degree in Economics at the University of Coimbra and his Ph.D. in Economics at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, where he taught Economic Development and Economic Policy. He was also visiting professor in the Department of Economics at the University of British Columbia, Canada (2000-2004), and lecturer in European Economy and Economic Development in the Department of Economics at the University of York in the United Kingdom (2004-2007).

He is author of several books including "Portugal na Hora da Verdade" (Portugal at the Moment of Truth, "O Medo do Insucesso Nacional" (The Fear of National Failure), "Os Mitos da Economia Portuguesa" (The Myths of the Portuguese Economy) and "Diário de um Deus Criacionista" (Journal of a Creationist God).

He was also a columnist for various newspapers and magazines (Diário de Notícias, Diário Económico, Expresso, Exame and Jornal de Notícias), author of the "Desmitos" blog and contributor to "The Portuguese Economy" blog.

Álvaro Santos Pereira is Minister for Economy and Employment since June 2011.