Daron Acemoglu has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1993. He is one of the world's most-cited economists, with research interests in political economy, development economics, economic growth, technology, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and labor economics. His most recent work concentrates on the role of institutions in economic development and political economy.
He has written a textbook on economic growth, and is a co-author (with James Robinson) of two books, Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty and Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. He won the John Bates Clark medal in 2005.
Acemoglu earned his Ph.D. in 1992 from the London School of Economics.