Daron Acemoglu: Why Nations Fail

April 28, 2014

Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?

No one is better equipped to answer these questions than Daron Acemoglu, co-author of the award-winning book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.


Monday, April 28th 2014
Free public event, Chateau Laurier Hotel (Adam Room)
4:30 to 6:00 PM

In April, Canada 2020 is pleased to host Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for a free, open, public event in Ottawa.

Drawing on the themes of his award-winning and best-selling book, Daron will trace the man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or the lack of it).

From the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa, Daron uses these historical examples to build a new theory of political economy.

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Daron Acemoglu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bio

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  1. I lost contact with you, much to my regret. Any chance of going back onto your mailing list? Your panels and speakers were just about the best in This Town and I sure would appreciate being re-connected.

  2. Why Nations Fail is a great book. I have been reading it since its publication. The main argument of the authors is that the nature of political and economic institutions set up by national governments or communities (because the book use examples of communities dating back to 18th century) and the types of policies pursued are the drivers of either growth and prosperity or poverty. Two types of institutions are worth mentioning: 1) extractive institutions which bear or sustain bad policies and 2) inclusive institutions which promote property rights, hence contain incentives for investment, growth and prosperity. A good example in the book is that of North Korea (where leaders have adopted extractive and exclusive institutions that impede prosperity) versus South Korea where, because of good institutions, growth and prosperity are the consequences.
    Decky Kipuka Kabongi
    Ph.D Candidate, International Development
    Carleton University

  3. Just wanted to confirm that the event will actually be live broadcasted – I am supposed to be out of town that day, but would look into changing my travel plans in order to attend if the live broad cast is not actually available.

  4. I unfortunately missed this event. Was the session recorded? If so, will it be made available on your website?

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