Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. was the winner of the 2004 inaugural award.


Daron Acemoglu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Economic Growth program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is also affiliated with the National Bureau Economic Research, Center for Economic Performance, and Center for Economic Policy Research.

Daron Acemoglu has received a BA in economics at the University of York, 1989, M.Sc. in mathematical economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics, 1990, and Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics in 1992. Since 1993, he has held the academic positions of Lecturer at the London School of Economics, and Assistant Professor, Pentti Kouri Associate Professor and Professor of Economics at MIT. He has received the award for best paper published in the Economic Journal in 1996 for his paper “Consumer Confidence and Rational Expectations: Are Agents’ Beliefs Consistent With the Theory?” He has given numerous seminars and keynote addresses, including the Review of Economic Studies lecture at the Royal Economic Society in 2001, the Alfred Marshall lecture at the European Economic Association in 2003, the Astro-Zeneca lectures in Stockholm in 2003 and the Lionel Robbins Memorial lectures at the London School of Economics in 2004.

His work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Labor Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies, to name a few. Daron Acemoglu’s research covers a wide range of areas within economics, including political economy, economic development, human capital theory, growth theory, technical change, and search theory.

Daron Acemoglu is also the editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics, and associate editor of the Journal of Economic Growth.