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Pedro Pita Barros is Professor of Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa where he teaches industrial organization and health economics. He is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London).

Pedro Pita Barros’ research focuses on issues on health economics and on regulation and competition policy. His work has covered different topics including: health expenditure determinants, waiting lists, bargaining in health care, competition policy in Portugal and in the European Union, among others.

His research has appeared in many academic journals (such as the Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Health Care Management Science, among others). Pedro Pita Barros has also contributed to several books, and has published several books on health economics (written in Portuguese). Recent ones include the Handbook of Health Economics Vol II (co-editor with Mark Pauly and Tom McGuire) and Health Economics – an IO Perspective (co-authored with Xavier Martinez-Giralt).

Pedro Pita Barros is currently Editor of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics and Associate Editor of Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, and Health Care Management Science.

He has served as Member of the Board of the Portuguese Energy Regulator (2005/2006) and on the Governmental Commission for the Financial Sustainability of the National Health Service (2006/2007). Over time he has acted as consultant for both private and public entities, in Portugal and at the European level, in the areas of health economics, competition policy and economic regulation.

Research interests

Current research interests include: empirical and policy analysis. His areas of research are competition policy, economic regulation and health economics. 

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Doctorate, NOVA School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE)


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Health Economics
  • Economic regulation
  • Competition policy

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Entry and price competition in the over-the-counter drug market after deregulation: evidence from Portugal

Moura, A. & Barros, P. P., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Economics (United Kingdom).

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  • Strengthening vaccination programmes and health systems in the European Union: a framework for action

    On behalf of the members of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, May 2020, In : Health Policy. 124, 5, p. 511-518

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    How to govern the digital transformation of health services

    Ricciardi, W., Pita Barros, P., Bourek, A., Brouwer, W., Kelsey, T., Lehtonen, L. & Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) , 1 Oct 2019, In : European Journal of Public Health. 29, 3, p. 7-12 6 p.

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    As desigualdades socioeconómicas na atribuição de médicos de família em Portugal estão a diminuir?

    Translated title of the contribution: Are socioeconomic inequalities in the process of registration with family physicians decreasing in Portugal?Moura, A. & Barros, P. P., 1 Dec 2018, In : Acta medica portuguesa. 31, 12, p. 730-737 8 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Economics meets healthcare: how can it be useful?

    Barros, P. P., 1 Jan 2018, In : European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. 54, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

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    "Highly Commended Paper”

    Judite Gonçalves (Recipient) & Pedro Pita Barros (Recipient), Sep 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    Member of the E.U. Cancer Mission Board

    Pedro P. Barros (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Prémio Pedro Pita Barros - instituído pela APES

    Pedro P. Barros (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: National/international honour