Dr. Mariana Tavares


Head of Business and Management

Mariana is an Assistant Professor at the Lisbon campus since July 2023. She is a very passionate teacher and a PBL enthusiast.

Mariana holds a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University. Her research focuses on Economics of Education, namely student effort and achievement gaps. As a researcher, Mariana mainly works with large microdata sets.

Mariana was also a tutor at Maastricht University from 2017 to 2021 and a teaching assistant at Católica Lisbon in 2021/22. She taught several courses, from fundamentals to electives, and had her first contact with PBL and flipped classroom at Maastricht.

Before her PhD, Mariana worked at the Central Bank of Portugal, in the Economic Studies and Research department. Most of her work there focused on International Trade and the Portuguese labour market.

Mariana holds a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics. Her master’s thesis focuses on grade combination in the Portuguese education system.

Research Interests

  • Economics of Education
  • The intersection between Education and Labour Economics

Current Teaching

EC1002: Introduction to Economics

ST104a: Statistics 1


Tavares, M. (2022), The magic number: economic insights on achievement test scores, Doctoral dissertation, Maastricht University.

Cabral, S., Martins, P.S., Pereira dos Santos, J. and Tavares, M. (2021), Collateral Damage? Labour Market Effects of Competing with China—at Home and Abroad. Economica, 88: 570-600

Pereira dos Santos, J., Tavares, M., Pita Barros, P. (2016), More than just numbers: Suicide rates and the economic cycle in Portugal (1910–2013), SSM – Population Health, Volume 2, Pages 14-23, ISSN 2352-8273.

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/marianatavares/

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