Daron Acemoglu is Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. In this interview he discusses with Brian Snowdon some of his
recent research findings that confirm the key role played by ‘good’ and ‘bad’
institutions in determining the economic performance of countries. He shares his
views on a wide range of subjects including economic history, growth theory, the
role of institutions and geography in explaining growth and development, the
influence of trade on growth, global inequality, and political economy
perspectives on economic development.