He was born in Elda (1957) and is a graduate from the University of Barcelona and holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He has been a Professor of Economics at Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI) in Madrid since 1991. Prior to that, he held faculty appointments at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.
He has served as Editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He has been President of the Spanish Economic Association, President of the European Economic Association, and President of the Econometric Society.
He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of Academia Europaea, and Fellow of the Econometric Society. He has received the Rey Jaime I Prize in Economics.
He has published many research papers on topics in econometrics and labour economics, in particular on the analysis of panel data, being named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson ISI. He is the author of Panel Data Econometrics (Oxford University Press 2003).