Ufuk Akcigit's research centers on economic growth, the economics of innovation, and technological innovation. Recent papers focused on taxation and the international 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. He visited the institute in fall quarter 2014, and spent the spring quarters as a visitor with the Department of Economics before joining the UChicago economics faculty July 1, 2015. He also is a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research affiliate with the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He previously worked for the World Bank.
He has received several awards for both research and teaching, including the Kravis Award recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching and a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding scholarship. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow Koc University, Istanbul
He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Koc University in Istanbul and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.