Pedro Gomes is Reader in Economics at Birkbeck, University of London. Previously, he spent seven years as Assistant Professor at the University Carlos III de Madrid, was a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex and held positions at the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.
Pedro studied for his BSc in Economics in his hometown of Lisbon, and received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2010. A leading researcher on public sector employment, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and two chapters in books. His work has been widely cited and has influenced policymakers, and his paper ‘Optimal public sector wages’ was awarded the Austin Robinson Memorial Prize by The Economic Journal (for the best paper written by an author within five years of receiving a PhD).
Pedro values partnerships with policy institutions, and has presented his work at the national banks of Portugal, Spain, France and England, as well as at the European Central Bank and the OECD. Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, he lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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‘Fingers crossed that this book will shake up the five-day working week.’
Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Laureate in Economics
'I often just read a chapter or two of books that are sent to me but in this case I kept wanting to read more—both because of the importance of the idea, the nice manner in which it was presented, and the way in which the author’s genial and enthusiastic persona radiated through so clearly.'
Jason Furman, Professor of Economic Policy at Harvard University and Chairman of Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers
‘[This] book should be on the bookshelves of every socially curious reader.’
Pietro Garibaldi, Professor of Economics, University of Turin
‘Rooting his arguments in the writings of the greatest economists is a brilliant device: not only does it confer the seal of scholarship to Gomes’ work, but it also shows that one does not need to be a leftist to see the economic case for the four-day working week.’
Francesco Caselli, Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
‘In the 20th century, the five-day working week replaced the six- day week... Pedro Gomes’ book provides considerable food for thought about moving to the next stage.’
Rachel Ngai, Associate Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Friday is the New Saturday makes a compelling, provocative and timely case for societal change
Drawing on an eclectic range of economic theory, history and data, Dr Pedro Gomes argues that a four-day working week will bring about a powerful economic renewal for the benefit of all society. It will stimulate demand, productivity, innovation and wages, whilst reducing unemployment and crushing populist movements. The arguments come from both the left and right of the political spectrum to show that a polarised society can still find common ground.
In the 1800s, people in the West worked six days each week, resting on Sundays. In the 1900s, firms began to give workers Saturdays off as well, realising that a two-day weekend helped the economy. In the 2000s, Friday will become the new Saturday, and we will never look back.