Zingales received a bachelor's degree in economics, from the Bocconi University in Milan. In 1992 he earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the same year he joined the faculty of University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance. Zingales also serves as a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation.
He was the winner of the 2003 Germán Bernácer Prize to the best European economist under 40 working in macro-finance.
In July 2012, Zingales took part in the 'No-Brainer Economic Platform' project of NPR's program Planet Money.
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