Larry Neal is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Fellow, Royal Historical Society.
He received his B. A. in History at Stanford University in 1962 and Ph. D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968. From 1967 to 2004, he was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at Illinois, although he was an Economist-Administrator at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 1970 to 1972.
He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1982) when he visited the University of Paderborn in Germany, as well as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Fulbright Commission (1996-97) when he visited The London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology in 1998 and at UCLA in 2008. From 2005 to 2014, he was a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
In 1999-2000, he served as President of the Economic History Association and as President of the Business History Conference. He is the Founding Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois, one of ten such centers funded in the United States by the European Commission in 1998.His research interests include monetary and financial history, European economic history and the economics of the European Union.