Dr Pedro Gomes

Dr Pedro Gomes

Pedro Gomes is Reader in Economics at Birkbeck, University of London. He studied for his BSC in Economics in his home town of Lisbon and received his PhD from LSE in 2010. A leading researcher on public sector employment his work has influenced policy makers globally.

Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French, he lives in London with his wife and daughter.


Friday is the New Saturday: How a Four-Day Working Week Will Save the Economy


Relogio D'Agua[Portuguese],


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.


Dr Pedro Gomes co-ordinates four-day working week pilot

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