Short Biography

Before joining the University of Mannheim, Antonio mainly taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1994-1998) and at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (1998-2013). He has also taught in the graduate programs of Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and the London Business School. Antonio’s research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journals, Econometrica, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies and the Review of Economics and Statistics.

Antonio has been co-editor of the Economic Journal of the British Royal Economic Society and on the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies. He has been on the executive committee of the European Economic Association and scientific chair of the association’s meeting in Barcelona. Antonio is a member of the Centre of Economic Policy Research in London where he directed the Economic Growth Group. He has participated in academic evaluation panels of various universities and institutions, including the European Research Council and the BBVA Foundation.

Antonio’s first university degree is from the London School of Economics where he graduated from the M.Sc. Program in Mathematical Economics and Econometrics and was awarded the Ely Devons Prize jointly with David Laibson. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University where he studied with scholarships of Stanford University and the John M. Olin Foundation.

Antonio grew up in Obereisesheim near Heilbronn where his parents, from the region of Irpinia in Southern Italy, had emigrated to work at the NSU motor factory. He was born in Villanova del Battista, a small farming village in the southern italian Apennines. Antonio is bilingual Swabian-Neapolitanian. Growing up, he spent much of his time on the bench of the football club VfL Obereisesheim e.V. 1902. Antonio went to high school in Neckarsulm. He started studying economics at the University of Freiburg and later, then with the support of the Studien­stiftung des deutschen Volkes, he attended the University of Konstanz.