Ufuk Akcigit visited the institute in fall quarter 2014, and spent winter and spring quarters as a visitor with the Department of Economics, and then joined its faculty as an assistant professor.
His research centers on economic growth, the economics of innovation, and technological innovation. Recent papers focused on taxation and the interntaional mobility of inventors and on transitions to clean technology.
He began his academic career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. In addition to his work in the economics department at Penn, he serves as a faculty research fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has also worked for the World Bank.
He has received several awards for both research and teaching, including the Kravis Award recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching. This year he was named a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow in recognition of his outstanding scholarship.
He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Koc University in Istanbul and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.