Larsson earned a Bachelor of Arts in East and Southeast Asian Studies, and a Bachelor of Social Science (Political Science) from Lund University, Sweden. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University.
Larsson worked as a journalist based in Asia from 1990-2000. He was Thailand Correspondent for Business Asia (Hong Kong), and a columnist and editorial writer for Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden). Larsson also contributed to Swedish National Public Radio. Currently, Larsson is a regular on the op-ed page of Finanstidningen (Sweden) leading financial daily published in Stockholm.
Larsson's most recent book, "The Race to the Top," is a revised and expanded English language edition of "Världens klassresa," which was published in Swedish by Timbro in 1999.