Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor and Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics in MIT’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is the 2023 recipient of the award Social Science Center WZB Berlin A.SK Prize in Social Sciencesone of the most endowed international prizes in the social sciences.
Acemoglu received the prize for “his extremely influential work on, among other things, the decisive role of institutions in capitalist economies, on the strengths of states and societies that must negotiate a balance in order to guarantee freedom, and on the customs and the risks of automation. .”
In announcing the prize, the international jury praised Acemoglu’s fundamental contributions to labor economics, macroeconomics and political economy.
“As his research extends to both political science and economics, Daron Acemoglu has become a leading expert on the determinants of economic growth,” wrote the international jury.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected as the recipient of the A.SK Prize in Social Sciences,” Acemoglu said. “The WZB has been steadfast in its support and promotion of high-quality social science, and I consider myself fortunate and privileged to have been included in their illustrious list of previous recipients.
Acemoglu began teaching at MIT in 1993 and has been honored throughout his distinguished career for his work in macroeconomics, political economy, labor economics, development economics, and economic theory. Acemoglu co-leads the MIT initiative Shaping the Future of Work, alongside MIT economists Professor David Autor and Professor Simon Johnson.
Earlier this year, Acemoglu published “Power and progress: our 1000-year struggle for technology and prosperity», co-written with Simon Johnson. Acemoglu warned of the potential social, economic and political harms of not regulating AI.
The A.SK Social Sciences prize is worth 100,000 euros. Acemoglu will receive the award in a live-streamed ceremony in Berlin on November 14.
Past recipients of the award include Esther Duflo, an economist at MIT, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Reduction and Development Economics in the Department of Economics, and co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J- PAL). , who received this honor in 2015.