Professor of economics at the Bocconi University of Milan, he is scientific director of the Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation, founder of the website www.lavoce.info and founding editor of www.voxeu.org. Research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) of London, the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) of Bonn and the Kiel Institute of the World Economy. He is a member of the Academia Europea. He was senior economist at the OECD in Paris and a consultant to the World Bank, European Commission, International Monetary Fund and Italian Government. He has published twelve books with Oxford University Press, MIT Press and Princeton University Press and is the author of numerous essays that have been published in international scientific reviews. He is leader writer with daily la Repubblica.
His latest publications in Italian include: Parlerò solo di calcio, Il Mulino (2012); Le riforme a costo zero (with Pietro Garibaldi), Chiarelettere (2011), Classe dirigente (co-edited with Antonio Merlo and Andrea Prat), Università Bocconi (2010), La crisi non è uguale per tutti, Rizzoli (2009), and Contro i giovani (with Vincenzo Galasso), Mondadori (2007).