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DARON ACEMOGLU is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. He received the John Bates Clark Medal awarded to economists under 40 judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. Clark Medal winners are widely considered to be front-runners for the Nobel Prize.
JAMES ROBINSON is a political scientist and economist and the Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and a world-renowned expert on Latin America and Africa. Their previous university press book, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, was praised as "brilliant" by the Financial Times, "superb" by Science, and a "tour de force" and "immense achievement."