Acemoglu wins BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award
Prolific MIT economist honored for path-breaking work


MIT economist Daron Acemoglu has won this year’s BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for Economics, Finance, and Management, in honor of his prolific research contributions that have helped reshape his discipline over the last two decades.

The BBVA Foundation awards, now in their ninth annual edition, have become high-profile prizes across a range of disciplines. The foundation honors recipients in eight intellectual and artistic categories for “contributions of broad impact for their originality and theoretical significance,” including “research work that successfully enlarges the scope of our current knowledge.”

Acemoglu was making a family visit to Boston’s Museum of Science on Monday when he started receiving messages notifying him about the award. 

“I am deeply honored, and of course absolutely delighted,” Acemoglu said in a statement he sent to MIT News. “I am also humbled when I looked at the list of former recipients of this award, which includes many of the people in our profession I very much respect, admire and look up to. I am also very thankful to my colleagues in the economics department and MIT for providing the perfect environment for my research over the years." 

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