Antonio Ciccone was born in Italy and grew up and went to school in Germany where he also started studying economics at the University of Freiburg. His first degree is from the London School of Economics and his PhD from Stanford University. He has been editor of The Economic Journal and on the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies. He has been the scientific chair of both the main Spanish and the main European annual meetings of academic economists, as well as the director of the economic growth group of the main European network of academic economists. Before joining the University of Mannheim, his main university appointments were at the University of California at Berkeley and at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. His research has appeared in journals like the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Econometrica, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.