Ufuk Akcigit is the Arnold C. Harberger Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining faculty in 2015, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. Akcigit is also a Research Professor at Halle Institute for Economic Research, a Senior Research Fellow at Brookings Institute, an elected Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Distinguished Research Fellow at Koc University.
As a macroeconomist, his research centers on economic growth, technological creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, productivity, and firm dynamics. His research has been repeatedly published in the top economics journals, cited by numerous policy reports and the popular media. The contributions of Akcigit’s research have been recognized by the National Science Foundation with the CAREER Grant (NSF's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty), Kaufmann Foundation's Junior Faculty Grant, and Kiel Institute Excellence Award, among many other institutions. In 2019, Akcigit was named the winner of the Max Plank-Humboldt Research Award (endowed with 1.5 million euros and aimed at scientists with outstanding future potential). In 2021, he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.