Daron Acemoglu (Moderator)
James R and Elizabeth Killian Class of 1926 Professor in Applied Economics
MIT Department of Economics
K. Daron Acemoglu is Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of 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 Economic Research, the Center for Economic Performance, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and Microsoft Research Center.
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.
Daron Acemoglu 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. Since 1993, he has held the academic positions of Lecturer at the London School of Economics, and Assistant Professor, Pentti Kouri Associate Professor and Professor of Economics at MIT.
He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the award for best paper published in the Economic Journal in 1996 for his paper "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, and the inaugural Sherwin Rosen Award for outstanding contribution to labor economics in 2004, Distinguished Science Award from the Turkish Sciences Association in 2006, 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.
He has given numerous seminars and keynote addresses, including the Review of Economic Studies lecture at the Royal Economic Society in 2001, the Alfred Marshall Lecture at the European Economic Association in 2003, the Astro-Zeneca Lecture in Stockholm in 2003, the Lionel Robbins Memorial Lectures at the London School of Economics in 2004, Society of Economic Dynamics Conference, 2004, European Association of Labor Economists Conference, 2004, Gaston Eyskens Lectures at the University of Leuven, Belgium, 2005, Dunaway Lecture at the Michigan State University in 2005, McKay Lecture, University of Pittsburgh in 2005, Woodward Lecture at the University of British Colombia in 2006, the David Kinley Lecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006, and keynote addresses to the Midwest Macroeconomics Conference, 2004, the Clarendon Lectures, Oxford University, 2007, the Inaugural Pareto Lecture, College Carlo Alberto, Torino in 2007, the Annual DEFAP Lecture, Milan Catholic University in 2007, the Calderwood Lecture, Wellesley College in 2007, the Malim Harding Lecture, University of Toronto in 2008.
His work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal Economics and Review of Economic Studies.
Daron Acemoglu's 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.
Daron Acemoglu is also the co-editor of Econometrica and of the National Bureau of Economic Research Macroeconomic Annual.
Daron has recently completed a new book, along with Professor James Robinson (Harvard University), entitled Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty.