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Daron Acemoglu

Faculty Associate


Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu is Institute Professor in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 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.

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.

Acemoglu has received numerous awards and fellowships, including 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 co-author, with James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty and, a 2019 publication, The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty. This most recent work is a sweeping account of the rise of the modern world, Acemoglu and Robinson argue that only in rare circumstances have states managed to produce free societies. States must walk a thin line to achieve liberty, passing through what the authors describe as a “narrow corridor.”

Acemoglu received a B.A. 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 Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992.


  • Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University