Bachelor in Economics, Institute of Technology Autonomo de Mexico, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 1989. Master in Economics, Havard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy in Economics, Havard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994.
Assistant professor public policy Harvard University, John Fitzgerald Kennedy School Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994—1998, associate professor public policy, 1998—2001. Research associate National Bureau Economic Resarch, Cambridge, since 1996. Professor finance & economics Yale University, New Haven, 2001—2005.
Academic advisory board member Fraser Institute, Montreal, Canada, since 2005, Corporation Governance Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, since 2006. Director, corporation governance research program EDHEC Business School, Nice, France, since 2007, professor finance & law, director governance research program, since 2007. Professor finance & governance, head department, chair University Amsterdam, 2005—2007, distinguished finance professor, since 2008.
Faculty research fellow Tinbergen Institute, since 2007. Consultant Ministries Finance, Securities & Exchanges Commission, Inter American Development Bank, Washington, since 1996, International Monetary Fund, Washington, 1998—1999, World Bank, Washington, 1998—2005. Board member Massachusetts Pension Investment Management Board, Boston, 2001, Corporation Board Member's Academic Council, Washington, 2002—2004, Afore de la Gente, Mexico City, 2006—2007.
Academic board member Duisenberg Institute of Finance, Amsterdam, since 2007.
Member of European Finance Association, American Finance Association, American Economics Association, Mexico Society Statistics & Geography (honorary), La Legion D'Honneur (chevalier (knight) 2009).
Son of Juan Jose Lopez de Silanes and Adoracion Molina Sambola. Married Magdalena Sofia Lopez Morton Gonzalez, June 20, 1998. Children: Nicolas Lopez de Silanes, Emma Sofia Lopez de Silanes, Marina Lopez de Silanes, Sofia Magdalena Lopez de Silanes, Mateo Lopez de Silanes, Paloma.