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Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. In 2005 he received the John Bates Clark Medal awarded to economists under forty judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. (Photo by Peter Tenzer.)

The Best 12 Books on Daron Acemoglu

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities.

The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions—with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories.

Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including:

- China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?

- Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?

- What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions?

Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world. 
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Por que as Nações Fracassam. As Origens do Poder, da Prosperidade e da Pobreza (Em Portuguese do Brasil)

Por meio de um texto instigante, Por que as nações fracassam responde à pergunta que há séculos instiga diversos estudiosos: por que algumas nações são ricas e outras são pobres, divididas por riqueza e pobreza, saúde e doença, comida e fome? Neste livro, Daron Acemoglu e James Robinson tratam das diferenças abissais de receita e padrão de vida que separam os países ricos do mundo, como Estados Unidos, Reino Unido e Alemanha, dos pobres, como os da África subsaariana, América Central e do Sul da Ásia. Os autores fazem uma demonstração cabal de que são as instituições políticas e econômicas que estão por trás do êxito econômico (ou da falta dele).
De maneira convincente, Acemoglu e Robinson afirmam que os países só escapam à pobreza quando dispõem de instituições econômicas adequadas, sobretudo a propriedade privada e a concorrência. Eles defendem, ainda, a tese original de que a probabilidade de os países desenvolverem instituições de forma acertada é maior quando eles contam com um sistema político pluralista e aberto, com disputa de cargos políticos, eleitorado amplo e espaço para a emergência de novos líderes políticos.
Trata-se de uma leitura que oferece um vastíssimo leque de exemplos históricos para demonstrar como mudanças podem contribuir para instituições favoráveis, inovações progressistas e êxito econômico ou, ao contrário, para instituições repressoras e, em última instância, decadência ou estagnação.
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Microeconomics (The Pearson Series in Economics)

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Acemoglu, Laibson, List: An evidence-based approach to economics
Throughout Microeconomics, authors Daron Acemoglu, David Laibson, and John List use real economic questions and data to help students learn about the world around them.

Taking a fresh approach, the authors use the themes of optimization, equilibrium and empiricism to illustrate the power of simple economic ideas, and their ability to explain, predict, and improve what happens in the world. Each chapter begins with an empirical question that is later answered using data in the Evidence-Based Economics feature. As a result of the text’s practical emphasis, students will learn to apply economic principles to guide the decisions they make in their own lives.

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Perché le nazioni falliscono: Alle origini di prosperità, potenza e povertà (La cultura) (Italian Edition)

Per la scienza sociale è la madre di tutte le domande: perché ci sono paesi che diventano ricchi e paesi che restano poveri? Per quale ragione nel mondo convivono prosperità e indigenza? Alcuni si soffermano sul clima e sulla geografia. Ma il caso del Botswana, che cresce a ritmi vertiginosi mentre paesi africani vicini, come Zimbabwe, Congo e Sierra Leone, subiscono miserie e violenze, smentisce questa interpretazione. Altri chiamano in causa la cultura. Ma allora come si spiegano le enormi differenze tra il Nord e il Sud della Corea? E che dire di Nogales, Arizona, che ha un reddito pro capite tre volte più alto di Nogales, Sonora, città gemella messicana? Le origini di prosperità e povertà risiedono nelle istituzioni politiche ed economiche che le nazioni si danno. Ce lo dimostrano Daron Acemoglu e James A. Robinson, accompagnandoci in un emozionante viaggio nella storia universale, di civiltà in civiltà, di rivoluzione in rivoluzione. Dall’Impero romano alla Venezia medievale, dagli inca e i maya, distrutti dal colonialismo spagnolo, al devastante impatto della tratta degli schiavi sull’Africa tribale, dalla Cina assolutista delle dinastie Ming e Qing al nuovo assolutismo di Mao Zedong, dall’Impero ottomano alle autocrazie mediorientali, le élite dominanti preferiscono difendere i propri privilegi ed estrarre risorse dalla società che avviare un percorso di benessere per tutti. La crescita economica sovverte lo status quo, e per questo è temuta e ostacolata da chi detiene il potere. Ma alcuni paesi sanno cogliere le opportunità della storia: la nascita di sistemi politici inclusivi e pluralisti diffonde la crescita economica a ogni latitudine. L’Inghilterra della rivoluzione industriale, la Francia rivoluzionaria e napoleonica, la nascita della democrazia negli Stati Uniti e, in tempi più recenti, il Brasile di Lula, dimostrano che si può prendere la strada dell’emancipazione politica e sociale. Nell’epoca in cui si assiste al tracollo di molti paesi e alla travolgente ascesa di altri, «Perché le nazioni falliscono» propone una teoria brillante, di rara profondità storica, che cambia il nostro modo di vedere il mondo. E, rifuggendo ogni conformismo, mette in discussione le certezze superficiali: siamo sicuri che la crescita della Cina sia inarrestabile?
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The form of property rights: Oligarchic vs. democratic societies (NBER working paper series)

The form of property rights: Oligarchic vs. democratic societies (NBER working paper series)
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Recent Developments in Growth Theory (International Library of Critical Writings in Economics) (2-vol. set) (2004-10-04)

Recent Developments in Growth Theory (International Library of Critical Writings in Economics) (2-vol. set) (2004-10-04)
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Introduction to Modern Economic Growth

Introduction to Modern Economic Growth is a groundbreaking text from one of today's leading economists. Daron Acemoglu gives graduate students not only the tools to analyze growth and related macroeconomic problems, but also the broad perspective needed to apply those tools to the big-picture questions of growth and divergence. And he introduces the economic and mathematical foundations of modern growth theory and macroeconomics in a rigorous but easy to follow manner.


After covering the necessary background on dynamic general equilibrium and dynamic optimization, the book presents the basic workhorse models of growth and takes students to the frontier areas of growth theory, including models of human capital, endogenous technological change, technology transfer, international trade, economic development, and political economy. The book integrates these theories with data and shows how theoretical approaches can lead to better perspectives on the fundamental causes of economic growth and the wealth of nations.


Innovative and authoritative, this book is likely to shape how economic growth is taught and learned for years to come.


  • Introduces all the foundations for understanding economic growth and dynamic macroeconomic analysis

  • Focuses on the big-picture questions of economic growth

  • Provides mathematical foundations

  • Presents dynamic general equilibrium

  • Covers models such as basic Solow, neoclassical growth, and overlapping generations, as well as models of endogenous technology and international linkages

  • Addresses frontier research areas such as international linkages, international trade, political economy, and economic development and structural change

  • An accompanying Student Solutions Manual containing the answers to selected exercises is available (978-0-691-14163-3/$24.95). See: https://press.princeton.edu/titles/8970.html.

  • For Professors only: To access a complete solutions manual online, email us at: [email protected]

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Warum Nationen scheitern: Die Ursprünge von Macht, Wohlstand und Armut (German Edition)

Der Klassiker - von sechs Wirtschaftsnobelpreisträgern empfohlen, eine Pflichtlektüre!Warum sind Nationen reich oder arm?Starökonom Daron Acemoglu und Harvard-Politologe James Robinson geben eine ebenso schlüssige wie eindrucksvolle Antwort auf diese grundlegende Frage. Anhand zahlreicher, faszinierender Fallbeispiele – von den Conquistadores über die Industrielle Revolution bis zum heutigen China, von Sierra Leone bis Kolumbien – zeigen sie, mit welcher Macht die Eliten mittels repressiver Institutionen sämtliche Regeln zu ihren Gunsten manipulieren - zum Schaden der vielen Einzelnen. Ein spannendes und faszinierendes Plädoyer dafür, dass Geschichte und Geographie kein Schicksal sind. Und ein überzeugendes Beispiel, dass die richtige Analyse der Vergangenheit neue Wege zum Verständnis unserer Gegenwart und neue Perspektiven für die Zukunft eröffnet. Ein provokatives, brillantes und einzigartiges Buch."Dieses Buch werden unsere Ur-Ur-Urenkel in zweihundert Jahren noch lesen." George Akerlof, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften"Eine absolut überzeugende Studie." Gary S. Becker, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften "Ein wirklich wichtiges Buch." Michael Spence, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften "Acemoglu und Robinson begeistern und regen zum Nachdenken an." Robert Solow, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften"Ein wichtiges, unverzichtbares Werk." Peter Diamond, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften "Ein wichtiger Beitrag zur Debatte, warum Staaten mit gleicher Vorrausetzung sich so wesentlich in wirtschaftlichen und politischen Entwicklungen unterscheiden." Kenneth J. Arrow, Nobelpreisträger für Wirtschaftswissenschaften"Diese faktenreiche und ermutigende Streitschrift lehrt uns, dass die Geschichte glücklich enden kann, wenn ihr kein Mensch mehr als Versuchsobjekt dient."Michael Holmes, NZZ am Sonntag "Anderthalb Jahrzehnte Arbeit eines Pools von Wissenschaftlern, auf 600 Seiten zusammengefasst durch zwei Forscher von Weltrang – und dies kommt heraus: eine Liebeserklärung an Institutionen, die im Sinne ihrer Bürger funktionieren. […] bestechend."Elisabeth von Thadden, Die Zeit"Sie werden von diesem Buch begeistert sein." Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Preisträger und Autor der Weltbestseller "Kollaps" und "Arm und Reich"" Ein höchst lesenswertes Buch."Francis Fukuyama, Autor des Bestsellers "Das Ende der Geschichte" "Ein phantastisches Buch. Acemoglu und Robinson gehen das wichtigste Problem der Sozialwissenschaften an – eine Frage, die führende Denker seit Jahrhunderten plagt – und liefern eine in ihrer Einfachheit und Wirkmächtigkeit brillante Antwort. Eine wunderbar lesbare Mischung aus Geschichte, Politikwissenschaft und Ökonomie, die unser Denken verändern wird. Pflichtlektüre."Steven Levitt, Autor von "Freakonomics"
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Introduction to Modern Economic Growth by Acemoglu, Daron (2009) Hardcover

Introduction to Modern Economic Growth by Acemoglu, Daron (2009) Hardcover
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By Daron Acemoglu - Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (1st Edition) (2/19/12)

By Daron Acemoglu - Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (1st Edition) (2/19/12)
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Por qué fracasan los países (Spanish Edition)

¿Qué determina que un país sea rico o pobre? ¿Cómo se explica que, en condiciones similares, en algunos países haya hambrunas y en otros no? ¿Qué papel tiene la política en estas cuestiones? Que algunas naciones sean más prósperas que otras, ¿se debe a cuestiones culturales?, ¿a los efectos de la climatología?, ¿a su ubicación geográfica? No, en absoluto. Ninguna cuestión relativa a la prosperidad de un país está relacionada con estos factores, sino que proviene de otro mucho más tangible: la política económica que dictaminan sus dirigentes. Son los líderes de cada país, afirman los reconocidos profesores Daron Acemoglu y James A. Robinson en este libro, quienes determinan con sus políticas la prosperidad de su territorio, y así ha ocurrido en todos los períodos de la historia, como demuestran en este apasionante estudio.
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Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

What forces lead to democracy's creation? Why does it sometimes consolidate only to collapse at other times? Written by two of the foremost authorities on this subject in the world, this volume develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. It revolutionizes scholarship on the factors underlying government and popular movements toward democracy or dictatorship. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson argue that different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political power and resources. Their book, the subject of a four-day seminar at Harvard's Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences, was also the basis for the Walras-Bowley lecture at the joint meetings of the European Economic Association and Econometric Society in 2003 and is the winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. Daron Acemoglu is Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received the 2005 John Bates Clark Medal awarded by the American Economic Association as the best economist working in the United States under age 40. He is the author of the forthcoming text Introduction to Modern Economic Growth. James A. Robinson is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is a Harvard Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's Program on Institutions, Organizations, and Growth. He is coeditor with Jared Diamond of the forthcoming book Natural Experiments in History.
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