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PROSPER: Center of Economics for Prosperity

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PROSPER - Center of Economics for Prosperity is a research center on economics and complementary scientific areas, with the goal of improving public debate on the Portuguese and European economies. The Center aims to contribute toward helping private and public agents in their response to the main economic challenges, through scientific research, by producing new and relevant analyses, using the wealth of existing microdata to understand the workings of the Portuguese economy. To achieve this goal, it is crucial for the Center to be independent, an independence that will be built on an academic reputation based on rigorous and transparent scientific research. The Center will analyze economic topics such as employment, innovation and economic growth, poverty, inequality and social mobility, and the economics of education and health. The analyses will focus on the causes that characterize each of these issues, all of them crucial to the collective prosperity and well-being of all citizens - putting the economy at the service of people. 


Employment, Innovation and Economic Growth Education and health Economics Poverty, Inequality and social impact
This initiative studies the effects of economic policies, as well as shocks, crises, and technological developments on firms and workers, understanding how best to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, and employment. This initiative studies public policy aspects of health and education, understanding what leads to education success, as well as the health and well-being of the population. This initiative studies trends and causes, to understand what works to reduce poverty and spur equity and social mobility.


The Center relies on contributions from professors in economics and researchers at CATÓLICA-LISBON. We intend to widen this researcher base through partnerships with like-minded centers in other countries, or groups of national researchers with complementary research agendas. We also intend to attract visiting researchers to enable the Center to increase its working capacity and widen its reach. The Center functions as an organizing hub for students' theses and internships, so that recently graduated economists may take part in the Center's studies and analyses.


Joana Silva
Scientific Director
Associate Professor
João Borges de Assunção
Associate Professor
Fátima Barros
Associate Professor
Anna Bernard
Postdoctoral researcher
Isabel Horta Correia
Full Professor
Pedro Afonso Fernandes
Postdoctoral researcher
Francisco Espiga
Madalena Gaspar
Miguel Gouveia
Associate Professor
Kamil Kouhen
Martim Leitão
Teresa Lloyd-Braga
Full Professor
Miguel Godinho de Matos
Associate Professor
Leonor Modesto
Full Professor
João César das Neves
Full Professor
Pedro Raposo
Associate Professor
Catarina Reis
Associate Professor
Filipe Santos
Dean of CATÓLICA-LISBON / Full Professor
Pedro Teles
Full Professor
Rita Coelho do Vale
Associate Professor



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KNOWLEDGE | Who will bear the costs of the covid-19 crisis: Analysis of jobs at risk in Portugal

June 4th, 5PM
Watch the webinar on Facebook

- Launch of the CATÓLICA-LISBON Center of Economics for Prosperity (PROSPER),
Professor Filipe Santos, Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

- Presentation of the Study: "Who will bear the costs of the covid-19 crisis: Analysis of jobs at risk in Portugal",
Professor Joana Silva, Director of the CATÓLICA-LISBON Center of Economics for Prosperity

- Comment by the President of the National Statistical Institute (INE), Professor Francisco Lima

- Closing remarks by the Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Professor Isabel Capeloa Gil

"Who Will Bear the Costs of COVID-19?
Analysis of Jobs at Risk in Portugal

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the extent to which different jobs are vulnerable, in economic terms, to the crisis associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Its three main objectives are to: (i) offer empirical evidence on the share of total employment in the most affected sectors and the size of the overall employment effects of the reduction in output in these sectors; (ii) evaluate which and how many jobs are most at risk (in the short and medium term), using four measures of exposure/ vulnerability: jobs that cannot be done at home, jobs that require intensive face-to-face interaction, jobs that are not deemed essential, and jobs that are more amenable to automation; and (iii) assess how the potential employment effects differ across workers within the country and contrast the policy response with the labor market dimension of the crisis.

"Analysis of the Portuguese Economy in times of COVID-19"

The Covid-19 pandemic poses large challenges to the Portuguese economy and to economic and policy decision makers. Since the start of the pandemic, CATÓLICA-LISBON has been developing a series of initiatives, including polls, data analysis, policy proposals, and digital events, which we are disseminating through this web page. These initiatives generate knowledge, share experiences, and provide new, relevant evidence for the economic decisions of citizens, companies, and institutions. The page is curated by Professor Joana Silva, director of the CATÓLICA-LISBON Center of Economics for Prosperity (PROSPER), and it relies on contributions from the economists and researchers at CATÓLICA-LISBON.



June 4th, 5PM

Who will bear the costs of the covid-19 crisis: Analysis of jobs at risk in Portugal

Joana Silva, Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON and Scientific Director of PROSPER

Launch of the CATÓLICA-LISBON Center of Economics for Prosperity (PROSPER) and Presentation of the Study: "Who will bear the costs of the covid-19 crisis: Analysis of jobs at risk in Portugal".

May 14th, 5PM

COVID-19 and the Portuguese: Results of the Católica University Study and the challenges for the Portuguese Economy | PART 2

Ricardo Reis, Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON and Director of CESOP - Survey Center at Universidade Católica Portuguesa

In this session, we share the results of the 2nd phase of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa study on the social and economic impacts of the pandemic in the country. This study was developed in May by CESOP, so this will be the a very up to date snapshot of the Portuguese in times of COVID-19.

April 23rd, 5PM

The Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the Portuguese Society: Assessment of multiple indicators

Rita Coelho do Vale, Professora na CATÓLICA-LISBON

The Observatory of Portuguese Society of Católica-Lisbon has conducted in the last few days of March one of its regular studies, this time focusing on analyzing several indicators related with the health crisis we are all experiencing. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of current situation in multiple indicators like Happiness, Well-Being, Consumption Behaviors, and Economic Impact, as also to assess multiple indicators related to what the Portuguese are expecting to happen in the next few months. Findings suggest many significant differences depending on citizen’s current economic conditions, as also depending on their current employment status, shedding some light on the different realities experienced by Portuguese. 

April 22nd, 5PM

Economy in Times of Plague

João César das Neves, Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON

With the title "Economy in Times of Plague", this event is presented by Professor João César das Neves, who analyzes current data regarding the evolution of the economy, as well as the possible scenarios that may happen in the coming months. 

April 21st, 5PM

2020: The Odyssey of the Portuguese Economy in the Great Confinement

João Borges de Assunção, Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON
The NECEP - Center for Economic Studies for the Portuguese Economy (Católica-Lisbon Forecasting Lab) - published on March 23rd the first analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Portuguese Economy. In this conference, the NECEP coordinator, Professor João Borges de Assunção, presents the latest data and estimates of the economic impact of the pandemic in Portugal, information that is very relevant for political and business decision-makers.