Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu is a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he has been since 1993 following the completion of his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He is a Research Associate of both the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. Dr. Acemoglu is Editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Growth and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He became a member of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR)’s Economic Growth and Policy Program in January 2000, and is now participating in the Institute’s twoyear initiative on Economic Growth and Institutions. Dr. Acemoglu’s interests lie in the areas of income and wage inequality; human capital and training; economic growth; technical change; search theory; and political economy. His current research concerns the political economy of development, political and economic transitions, and institutional and technical change.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Explaining the ‘Great Divergence’
Author: An interview with introduction by Brian Snowdon

Daron Acemoglu is Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this interview he discusses with Brian Snowdon some of his recent research findings that confirm the key role played by ‘good’ and ‘bad’ institutions in determining the economic performance of countries. He shares his views on a wide range of subjects including economic history, growth theory, the role of institutions and geography in explaining growth and development, the influence of trade on growth, global inequality, and political economy perspectives on economic development.

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