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Daron Acemoglu


Daron Acemoglu is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Economic Growth Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Performance, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and Microsoft Research Center.

His research covers a wide range of areas within economics, including political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning.

Since 1993, he has been a lecturer at the London School of Economics and an assistant professor, the Pentti Kouri Associate Professor, and a professor of economics at MIT.

He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists.

Acemoglu has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 1996 Economic Journal’s best paper award for his "Consumer Confidence and Rational Expectations: Are Agents' Beliefs Consistent with the Theory?" the inaugural T. W. Shultz Prize from the University of Chicago in 2004, the inaugural Sherwin Rosen Award for outstanding contribution to labor economics in 2004, the Distinguished Science Award from the Turkish Sciences Association in 2006, and the John von Neumann Award, Rajk College, Budapest, in 2007.

He was also awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, given every two years to the best economist in the United States under the age of 40 by the American Economic Association, and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Utrecht.

Acemoglu's work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics.

He is also the coeditor of Econometrica and the National Bureau of Economic Research Macroeconomic Annual.

Acemoglu received a BA in economics at the University of York in 1989, an MSc in mathematical economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics in 1990, and a PhD in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992.

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemogl

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinsonvia Crown Business Publishing
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Nations Fail joins economics with contemporary social politics to provide a fresh analysis of global wealth distribution and ways to eradicate poverty.

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Why Do Nations Fail?

by Daron Acemogluvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 5, 2012

As Arab dissidents know all too well, it has to do with how societies are politically organized.

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The Crisis of 2008: Lessons for and from Economics

by Daron Acemogluvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 5, 2009

Although it is too soon to tell how the second half of 2008 will be featured in history books, it certainly signifies a critical opportunity for the discipline of economics.