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University of Chicago, Department of Economics

Prof. Ufuk Akçiğit


 Ufuk Akçiğit is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. As a macroeconomist, his research centers on economic growth, entrepreneurship, economics of innovation, productivity, and firm dynamics. Akçiğit also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Boston), Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and CESifo Network (Munich), and as a Distinguished Research Fellow at Koc University (Istanbul). He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research has been published in the top academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies.

Akçiğit has received several awards for both research and teaching. In 2019, he received Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award; in 2017, he received National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award; in 2016, he received Horst Siebert Fellowship from Kiel Institute for the World Economy, and in 2014 he was named a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow in recognition of his outstanding scholarship. He also received Kravis Teaching Award for his outstanding teaching. 

Akçiğit received his BSc in economics from Koc University in Istanbul. He then went on to earn his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.