Daron Acemoglu holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom. He is currently Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as participating in the Economic Growth Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. He is also an elected member of eminent learned societies including the American Academy of Arts and Science and the European Economic Society. Among his many distinctions are the prize for the best paper published in the Economic Journal in 1996, and, in 2005, the John Bates Clark Medal awarded by the American Economic Association every two years to the best economist under forty working in the United States. He has given lectures and led seminars all around the world and his articles have appeared in leading specialist journals like American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy or Review of Economic Studies. His main research interests lie in political economy, economic development and growth, and the theory of human capital.