Born in Sulmona (L'Aquila) on December 8, 1963, he graduated with honours in Economics and Business from the La Sapienza University of Rome in 1987. He received the "Mortara" scholarship of the Bank of Italy and continued his studies at the University of York (UK), obtaining the Master of Science in Economics (with distinction) in 1989.

In the same year, he joined the Bank of Italy, to work in the Public Finance Directorate of the Economic Research Department. In 1996 he was a visiting student at the University of Bath (UK). From 2000 to 2003 he headed the department’s Unit for Fiscal Policy and the Public Debt. He represented the Bank in national and international public finance working groups.

In 2004 he joined the International Monetary Fund, to work in the Fiscal Affairs Department. Back to Italy, between 2007 and 2008 he was an Advisor to the State Accountant General. In 2009 he returned to the Bank of Italy, to the Economics and Statistics Department. Between 2009 and 2015 he participated as a consultant in numerous IMF technical assistance missions in Europe and Asia.

In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Structural Economic Analysis Directorate and in 2020 he moved on to manage the Directorate. He has published numerous articles on fiscal policy and on the economics of European institutions.