Professor of Applied Economics, MIT
Daron Acemoğlu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received a BA in economics at the University of York, 1989, M.Sc. in mathematical economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics, 1990, and Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992. 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.
He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including 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 from 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. His research interests include political economy, economic development and growth, human capital theory, growth theory, innovation, search theory, network economics and learning.
Recent work by Daron Acemoğlu
Democratic institutions are increasingly being captured by the elite threatening development. What can we do to change this?
Democracy sees higher GDP due to greater civil liberties, economic reform, increased investment and government capacity, and reduced social conflict
Top-down strategies that prioritise military objectives may fail to develop, or even lead to the deterioration of, other crucial state capacities
History suggests there will be no major labour market decline if the rate of automation of jobs and the creation of new tasks for workers are balanced
While democracy does represent a real shift in political power away from elites, its impact on inequality may be more limited than one might expect
Analysis suggests the impact of China’s rise on US manufacturing has been strong, and employment in the sector is unlikely to recover