Citing academic workload, Acemoglu turns down OECD assignment for now
Daron Acemoglu, a Turkish-Armenian and one of the world's top economists, has turned down Ankara's proposal that he become Turkey's ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. "We can assign anybody we believe in his competency to represent Turkey," Davutoglu told reporters in London, where he attended an international conference on Libya. "Mr. Acemoglu said he was honored by this (appointment) and that this was an honorable mission for him, as a citizen of the Turkish Republic and an academic. However, he said he would assess this proposal affirmatively at a later stage due to his academic studies." Acemoglu is currently a professor at US university MIT.