He is graduated (with special honors and National Graduation Award) and obtained his PhD in Economics at the Universitat de Valencia. He is Professor of Economic Analysis at the Universitat de Valencia and Research Director of the Ivie.
He has conducted and led numerous studies on economic growth and international integration, competitiveness, regional economics, economics of education, in particular the functioning of universities, and public finance.
He has published 70 books in collaboration with others, and over 180 book chapters and articles in international and Spanish specialized journals. His research has been quoted more than 4,500 times and he has an h-index of 31. He has directed ten PhD theses and visited over 50 universities and research centers in Spain, Europe and North and South America.
Eisenhower Fellow USA since 1998, he is the main researcher of a Prometeo research excellence group and has directed more than a hundred research projects funded by public and private institutions.
He is a Fellow of the Spanish Economic Association, the European Association of University Teachers of Banking and Finance and the European Economic Association. In November 2010 he was awarded the 8th Societat Catalana d’Economia Prize and in 2016 he received the Francesc de Vinatea distinction, the highest recognition from the Valencian Parliament.