Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gerschenkron, Acemoglu and Clark Medal

Here is a great story (although a little bit old) on a prolific MIT economist Daron Acemoglu who is regarded by the author as a successor of Alexander Gerschenkron, a Russian-born, Austrian-trained Harvard economic historian.

"Anyone who hasn't read The Fly Swatter: How My Grandfather Made His Way in the World, Nicholas Dawidoff's account of the life of Alexander Gerschenkron, the great 20th-century scholar of economic development, is missing a good thing. Anyone who doesn't know about Daron Acemoglu is missing a good thing, too."

A recent article published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives has reviewed Daron Acemoglu's achievements from an academic perspective.

Another piece of short history provides a glance at the Clark Medalists' profile, but only covers the recipients from 1947 to 2003, i.e., from Samuelson to Levitt.

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