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Daron Acemoğlu
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Born (1967-09-03) September 3, 1967 (age 49)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkey and United States[1]
Spouse(s) Asu Özdağlar[2]
Institution Massachusetts Institute of Technology
London School of Economics
Field Economic growth, Development Economics, Political economy
School or
New institutional economics
Alma mater London School of Economics
University of York
Robert Shimer[3]
Fernando Broner[4]
Adam Ashcraft[5]
Manuel Amador[6]
Pol Antràs[7]
David Lyle[8]
Cynthia Perry[9]
Michael D. Steinberger[10]
Gabriel Carroll[11]
Michael Peters[12]
Awards John Bates Clark Medal (2005)
John von Neumann Award (2007)
Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics (2012)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Kamer Daron Acemoğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈadʒemoːɫu]; born September 3, 1967) is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.[13][14][15]

Life and career[edit]

Acemoğlu was born in Istanbul, Turkey to an Armenian family.[16][17] His father, Kevork, who died in 1988, was a lawyer and lecturer at the University of Istanbul. His mother Irma (died in 1991) was a principal and teacher at an Armenian middle school in Istanbul.[18]

Acemoğlu graduated in 1986 from the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul, going on to gain his B.A. degree from the University of York, UK and his M.Sc. degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and then his Ph.D. degree in 1992 from the London School of Economics.

He was a lecturer in economics at the LSE from 1992–1993, before becoming a member of the M.I.T. faculty in 1993. He was promoted to full professor in 2000, and was named the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in 2004. He is 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, Center for Economic Performance, International Growth Centre, and Centre for Economic Policy Research. Acemoğlu is the co-editor of Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, and associate editor of the Journal of Economic Growth, and an editorial committee board member of the Annual Review of Economics. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006.[19]

Currently the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts he is among the 10 most cited economists[20] in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc. Winner of the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal.[21] His most cited article is "Colonial origins of comparative development" (2001). His principal interests are political economy, development economics, economic growth, technology, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and labour economics. His most recent works concentrate on the role of institutions in economic development and political economy.

In 2009, Acemoğlu was a keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics (now known as the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics).[22]


Acemoğlu was one of the academics who signed a letter in support of legalizing marijuana in Colorado state's successful 2013 ballot referendum Amendment 64.[23]

He wrote an op-ed for The Globe and Mail on the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, favoring inclusive society rather than one based on extractive institutions, "where an elite controls the economic and political system and uses its power to extract wealth from the society at everyone else’s expense", a term defined in his recent book.[24]

In a Hürriyet interview on March 30, 2014, with reference to a recent offer of an ambassadorial posting from Turkish Government, he stated: "I do not intend to be part of bureaucracy or enter politics".[25]


Personal life[edit]

He is married to Asu Özdağlar, a Turkish professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT[2] and daughter of a Turkish politician, İsmail Özdağlar, a former government minister.

Acemoğlu has become a celebrity[citation needed] based on his Acemoğlu Facts tumblr feed.[26] The meme is a spin-off of Chuck Norris Facts with an economics flavour, documenting Acemoğlu's fictitious and often preposterous feats in the study of economics.


James Malcomson, one of his doctoral examiners at the LSE, said

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Daron Acemoğlu's homepage". MIT Department of Economics. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Hardesty, Larry (June 18, 2013). "Game Theory Is No Longer Just for Economists". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Shimer, Robert (1996). Essays in search theory (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Broner, Fernando A. (2000). Essays on balance of payments crises (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Ashcraft, Adam Blair (2001). Essays in banking and monetary policy (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Amador, Manuel (2003). Essays in macroeconomics and political economy (PDF) (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Antràs, Pol (2003). Firms, Contracts, and Trade Structure (PDF) (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Lyle, David S. (2003). Essays using military-induced variation to study social interactions, human capital development, and labor markets (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Perry, Cynthia (2004). Economic well-being and the family (PDF) (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Steinberger, Michael Douglas (2005). Wage inequality and the role of pre-market skills (PDF) (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Carroll, Gabriel D. (2012). Approaches to mechanism design with boundedly rational agents (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Peters, Michael (2012). Essays on the macroeconomics of economic development (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  13. ^ Sorman, Guy (2013). Economics Does Not Lie [L’Économie ne ment pas]. Encounter Books. p. 31. Daron Acemoğlu, an Armenian from Turkey 
  14. ^ "Why Nations Fail". International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University. 10 February 2014. Acemoglu, a Turkish-born Armenian 
  15. ^ Freeland, Chrystia (6 June 2013). "Drawbacks to Ruling With a Heavy Hand". The New York Times. Daron Acemoglu, a Turkish-born professor of economics 
  16. ^ Kömürcüler, Güneş (24 June 2013). "'Turkish economy at high risk, but not due to Gezi protests,' MIT economist says". Hürriyet Daily News. ...Acemoğlu, a Turkish-American economist of Armenian descent... 
  17. ^ "Armenian Declines Davutoglu Appointment". Asbarez. 30 March 2011. 
  18. ^ Gavin, Robert (June 15, 2005). "MIT professor named top economist under 40". Boston Globe. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Economist Rankings at IDEAS". 
  21. ^ "The Man Who Succeeded Gerschenkron". April 24, 2005. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ "13th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "A Letter of Support From the Academic Community: Yes on Amendment 64". Colorado Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ Acemoglu, Daron (March 14, 2014). "Ukraine's legacy of serial oligopoly". Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  25. ^ Hürriyet, March 30, 2014, interview with Cansu Çamlıbel, p. 16.
  26. ^ "Daron Acemoglu Facts". Tumblr. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  27. ^ Shimer, Robert (Winter 2007). "Daron Acemoğlu: 2005 John Bates Clark Medalist". Journal of Economic Perspectives. 21 (1): 191–207. doi:10.1257/jep.21.1.191. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  28. ^ "American Academy of Arts & Sciences". 
  29. ^ "Daron Acemoglu". Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  30. ^ Tremmel, Pat Vaughan (April 16, 2012). "Nemmers Prizes Announced". Northwestern University News. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  31. ^ Hill, Andrew (September 13, 2012). "Biographies and economics dominate". Financial Times. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Bilim Akademisi – Bilim Akademisi üyesi Daron Acemoğlu'na Cumhurbaşkanlığı Ödülü" (in Turkish). Bilim Akademisi. December 24, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Sosyal Bilimler Büyük Ödülü`nün sahibi Prof. Dr. Daron Acemoğlu - Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kültür ve Sanat Büyük Ödülü 2013 - TRT Haber Foto Galeri". 

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