Damon Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT, where he has taught since 1993. Prior to that, Damon was a Lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics. Among his research interests are economic development, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and political economy. Damon’s most recent book, co-authored with James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity (2012), has been widely reviewed and discussed on radio and in print. His previous book, also co-authored with James A. Robinson, is Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (2005). Damon earned his Ph.D. in economics at the London School of Economics.