After completing High School, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1975 as the dictatorship instaured in Uruguay in 1973 started prosecution of student activists. I lived in Buenos Aires until 1979 when I moved to Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain, where I started my undergraduate studies in Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from 1979 until 1984.
When I finished college I pursued graduate studies and I worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Economic Theory of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In 1986 I won a "La Caixa" scholarship for graduate studies in the United States. From 1986 until 1991 I worked in my Ph.D. at the Department of Economics of Stanford University under the supervision of Prof. Tim Bresnahan.