Daron Acemoğlu – Most Influential Economist Of The Last Decade


Economist Daron Acemoğlu, an Armenian from Istanbul,  living in the U.S., has topped the most influential economists’ list of Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) for his last 10 years of publications. According to the same ranking System, Daron also ranks as the 4th top economist of all times.

RePEc Rankings

Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components. The collected data are then used in various services that serve the collected metadata to users or enhance it.

Acemoğlu is followed by Kenneth S Rogoff and Carmen M. Reinhart from Harvard University, and James J. Heckman from the University of Chicago.

Acemoğlu’s name has previously been mentioned for the Nobel Prize. More recently, he has been popular because of his book, “Why Nations Fail,” co-authored with James Robinson.

His works cover a wide range of areas, from income and wage inequality to human capital and training. He wrote a series of papers attempting to disentangle the relationship between strong governmental institutions and economic development. The research revealed laws in rich countries that protect property and limit executive powers contribute to their prosperity.

Acemoğlu’s work has been published in leading scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He received his BA in economics from the University of York, along with a Master of Science in mathematical economics and econometrics and Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics. He has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the inaugural T.W. Schulz Prize awarded to him for “exceptional work by an economist in early or mid-career.”



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