After finishing his MA in Economics at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Márton went on to pursue a PhD at the Université Toulouse 1, specialising in applied econometrics. During his doctoral studies, he was a visiting student at Tilburg University and a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Labor. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2007, and went on to be a postdoctoral research fellow at KU Leuven then at Maastricht University, conducting research in empirical labour and education economics. Later, he was a teaching fellow at University College London, primarily teaching applied econometrics and microeconomics. Márton joined the Budapest Institute for Policy Analysis as a senior researcher in 2013, and he became a part-time junior researcher at the Health and Population research group of the Institute of Economics.
Márton Csillag is an empirical labour economist, and he did research in two broad areas in the past five years. First: what active measures and services can efficiently help jobseekers (especially long-term unemployed) to find work? Further, how can we get vulnerable non-employed to be in touch with Public Employment Services, and how can they get a personalised and integrated set of services once registered at PES? Second: what is the effect of the generosity of cash benefits for long-term sick persons on their employment and health status? More precisely: does cutting back the amount of long-term sickness benefit or its maximum length induce beneficiaries to return to work quicker? And if they do take up work earlier (potentially even before full recovery), does it affect their health spending in the medium run?