Department of Economics and the College
As a macroeconomist, Ufuk Akcigit studies economic growth, productivity, firm dynamics, and the economics of innovation. His work aims to uncover the sources of technological progress and innovation that serve as the engines of long-run economic growth. It also seeks to understand the incentives of different-sized firms to invest in research and development (R&D) and innovation. He is also interested in the role of public policy in growth, with a focus on environmental regulations, public research and funding for universities, and industrial policies such as R&D subsidy and corporate taxation.
His research has been published in the Annual Review of Economics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, and the Handbook of Economic Growth, with additional articles forthcoming in the Journal of Political Economy and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Macro Annual 2015.
Akcigit received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Koç University in Istanbul and went on to earn his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he won the Irving B. Kravis Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Economics. He was also named a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellow by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, in recognition of his outstanding scholarship.