Persson studied and graduated at the University of Stockholm. He is since 1998 director of the Institute for International Economic Studies. He also holds a professorship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications are mostly located in the area of modern political economy and institutional economics. Persson et al President of the European Economic Association. In 2011 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mannheim.
- Persson and Tabellini: Political Economics: Explaining Economics Policy. MIT Press, Cambridge 2000