Daron Acemoglu Awarded the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications

Daron Acemoglu

"It's a tremendous honor for me to accept this prize. The list of past awardees is illustrious and inspiring, and a little bit of humbling of course. It's a privilege to join their ranks. It is particularly meaningful for me since I have aspired throughout my career to use mathematical and statistical tools in order to answer questions that are important for our society and economy. This recognition is particularly meaningful in this context."

Professor Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu
Daron Acemoglu is an Institute Professor at MIT and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists.

His academic work covers a wide range of areas, including political economy, economic development, economic growth, inequality, labor economics, and economics of networks. Acemoglu is the author of five books, including Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty and The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (both with James A. Robinson).

Acemoglu has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Carnegie Fellowship in 2017, the Jean-Jacques Laffont Prize in 2018, and the Global Economy Prize in 2019. He was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal in 2005, the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in 2012, and the 2016 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award.

Acemoglu earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of York. He also received a MSc in econometrics and mathematical economics, as well as a doctorate in economics, both from the London School of Economics.

About the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications

The CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications was founded in 2006 by CME Group’s Chairman Emeritus, Leo Melamed. CME Group, in partnership with the esteemed Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, awards this prize annually to a recipient with exemplary work in the field of mathematical sciences and who recognizes the vital impact quantitative research and application play in shaping global financial markets. It recognizes an individual or group who has contributed and applied original and significant ideas and concepts to quantitative fields such as mathematics, statistics, and computing for the study of market’s behavior and global economics.

The 2020 CME Group-MSRI Prize was presented to Daron Acemoglu at a virtual seminar event on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Please contact events@cmegroup.com for more information and to view a recording of the event.

Read the OpenMarkets series on CME Group-MSRI Prize winners.

About the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. Since 1982, MSRI’s topic-focused programs have brought together emerging and leading minds in mathematics, in an environment that promotes creativity and the interchange of ideas. Over 1,700 mathematical scientists spend time at MSRI’s Berkeley, California-based headquarters each year. MSRI is known around the world for the quality and reach of its programs and its leadership in basic research, mathematics education, and programs for the public understanding of mathematics. 

Past Winners

Past recipients of the CME Group-MSRI Prize have included distinguished luminaries in economics and mathematics. Seven out of the previous twelve recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, including in 2020 when Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

2019 | Susan Athey
The Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2019 CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications Recipient

2018 | Kyle Albert
Charles E. Smith Chair Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2018 CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications Recipient

2017 | Paul Milgrom
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2020). Shirley and Leonard Ely professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics and professor, by courtesy, at both the Department of Management Science and Engineering and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University

2016 | Robert Wilson
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2020). Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2016 CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications Recipient

2015 | Douglas Diamond
Fischer Black Visiting Professor of Financial Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2015-2016 and Merton H. Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, University of Chicago

2014 | José A. Scheinkman
Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Theodore A. Wells ‘29 Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University

2013 Bengt Holmstrom
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2016), Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2012 | Robert J. Shiller
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2013), Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University, and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management

2011 | Thomas J. Sargent
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2011), William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business, Stern School of Business, New York University, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

2010 | Jean Tirole
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2014), Scientific Director of the Industrial Economics Institute at the University of Toulouse Capitole, Member of the Toulouse School of Economics

2009 | Sanford J. Grossman
Chairman and CEO, Quantitative Financial Strategies, Inc.

2008 | Lars Peter Hansen
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2013) and David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Statistics, University of Chicago

2007 | David M. Kreps
Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

2006 | Stephen A. Ross
Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management

About the CME Group Center for Innovation

Throughout history, CME Group has continually embraced change and fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that has enabled the futures industry to grow and prosper. To a greater extent, the power of innovation has proven its ability to transform business, influence the direction of civilization, and alter its reality for the better. CME Group’s Center for Innovation (CFI) creates and sponsors thought-provoking original programming that identifies, showcases, and fosters examples of significant innovation and creative thinking across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors. Each program explores and communicates the principles behind innovation, and more importantly, showcases their application to a broad and diverse audience.

The CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications is a signature program of the CFI. Read more about CFI here.