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Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu

Writing for PS since 2012
75 commentaries

Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor of Economics at MIT, is a co-author (with James A. Robinson) of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (Profile, 2019) and a co-author (with Simon Johnson) of Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity (PublicAffairs, 2023).

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  1. Don’t Believe the AI Hype
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    Don’t Believe the AI Hype

    May 21, 2024 Daron Acemoglu finds nothing to support widely cited assessments of the technology’s near-term potential.

  2. History Already Tells Us the Future of AI
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Apr 23, 2024 Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.

  3. Are We Ready for AI Creative Destruction?
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    Are We Ready for AI Creative Destruction?

    Apr 9, 2024 Daron Acemoglu proposes three principles to ensure that the benefits of the next wave of disruptive innovation outweigh the costs.

  4. What It Takes to Build Democratic Institutions
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    What It Takes to Build Democratic Institutions

    Jan 16, 2024 Daron Acemoglu sees Chile's flawed efforts to draft a new constitution as a lesson in what to avoid.

  5. Clarifying America’s Great Inequality Debate
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    Clarifying America’s Great Inequality Debate

    Jan 3, 2024 Daron Acemoglu thinks warring academic studies are confusing several technical issues and obscuring the larger problem.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

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    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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