I hold the UBS Chair in Macroeconomics and Financial Markets at the Economics Department, University of Zurich. Formerly a professor at UPF, Barcelona, I have been in Zurich since 2014. My area of specialization is economic and financial history. I am one of the joint managing editors of the Economic Journal. I am also an associate editor at the QJE. In the past, I served as editor of Explorations in Economic History, and of the European Review of Economic History.
My research has been published in four of the top 5 journals in economics, as well as in books and field journals. Principal areas of research include long-run economic growth, the history of sovereign debt, causes and consequences of the Nazi Party's rise to power, and the economic history of the Industrial Revolution. I have published three academic books with OUP and Princeton UP, five popular books, and over 50 articles. These have appeared (inter alia) in the AER, the QJE, JPE, RESTUD, RESTAT, the EJ, the Journal of Economic History, the Journal of Economic Growth, the European Economic Review, and Explorations in Economic History. My research has also been profiled in The Economist, the FT, the New York Times, Financial Times Deutschland, Wall Street Journal, NZZ, Handelsblatt, FAZ, Le Monde, Vanguardia and De Volkskraat.
I was educated in Bonn, Freiburg, EUI (Florence, and Oxford, where I graduated in 1996 from Nuffield College. From 1998 to 2013, I was a professor at UPF, Barcelona. I'm a Research Fellow in the International Macro Program at the CEPR (London), have held visiting appointments at the Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, the MIT Economics Department, Princeton, at NYU-Stern and at the Stanford Economics Department, and I have been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, ANU, Canberra, Australia and at Nuffield College, Oxford, as well a research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge. From 1999 to 2003, I served as the Associate Director at the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge. After finishing my doctorate in 1996, I worked as a Senior Associate for McKinsey & Co., Munich. I've also advised Deutsche Börse in Frankfurt, and McKinsey & Co., Germany.
In 2008, I was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). In 2001, I became one of the first four economists in Britain to win a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Projects of minehave received major support from the SNF Switzerland, the Spanish Education Ministery, and the Canadian Social Science Research Council. In total, I have directed or co-directed projects that attracted more than €3.5 million in research funding.
For my work, I have also received the Albert Hirschman Award by Foreign Policy, the EHA's Alexander Gerschenkron Prize, the Gino Luzzatto Prize from the European Historical Economics Society, the Larry Neal Prize for best paper in Explorations in Economic History, and a Ramon y Cajal research distinction from the Spanish Ministry of Education. I'm a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London). I have delivered the Economic History Society's Tawney Lecture in 2011, the Hong Kong Institute of Advanced Study Distinguished Lecture in 2015, and the Sir John Hicks Lecture in Oxford in 2016.