Daron Acemoğlu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which also awarded him their highest honor, the title of Institute Professor, in 2019. He earned his B.A. from the University of York and his Ph.D from the London School of Economics. Acemoğlu’s research speciality is political economy. After earning his Ph.D at the age of 25, he went on to win the John Bates Clark Medal, that recognizes new economists. A prolific writer, he has published hundreds of works in his quest to understand the causes of poverty. In this work, he has researched economic development, network economics, human capital theory, and labor economics.
He has also written books with frequent collaborator and political scientist James A. Robinson, including Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy and Why Nations Fail, examinations of the impacts of politics and economics on national development.
His work has been highly praised. He has been recognized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, who awarded him their Global Economy Prize in 2019. He was awarded the Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Award by President Abdullah Gül of Turkey. He was recognized in 2015 as the most cited economist of the decade, having been cited nearly 136,000 times.
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