Former OECD Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
John P. Martin was Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD from 2000 to early 2013; his brief as Director also covered OECD work on health and international migration.
He is an Irish citizen. After studying Economics at University College Dublin, he worked as a research assistant at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin from 1970 to 1972; during this period, he was also economics correspondent for the Sunday Independent. He did postgraduate studies at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1975, he became research fellow at Nuffield College and lecturer in economics at Merton College, Oxford; he also lectured in economics at the University of Buckingham.
John Martin joined the OECD in 1977 and held many posts in the Organisation during his 36-year stint including in the Economics Department. He was the founding editor of the OECD Employment Outlook from 1983 to 1986, and he also edited the OECD Economic Outlook in 1992-93. He was a member of both the Editorial Board of OECD Economic Studies and an associate editor of Labour Economics for many years. He was also the OECD sherpa to the G20 Labour ministerial process. Other professional responsibilities include being: a Policy Associate of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy at the University of Nottingham; a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Bonn; an Adjunct Research Fellow, UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy; a member of the French Prime Minister’s “Conseil d’orientation pour l’emploi” from 2005 to January 2017; a member of the Strategic Board of the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Evaluation des Politiques Publiques (LIEPP) at Sciences Po, Paris; a member of the Irish government’s Labour Market Council; a member of the Council of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin; a member of the National Statistics Board of Ireland; a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the Kiel Institute Centre for Glabalisation. In 2013, he was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. In 2013, he delivered the 11th annual Corden Lecture at the University of Melbourne. He was a part-time Professor at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris for many years.
He has published many articles on topics in labour economics and international trade in leading professional journals and has also written and edited several books in these fields, including a recent collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation on the political economy of labour market and social policy reforms in Europe.