Avinash Dixit

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Avinash Dixit : biography

1944 –

Avinash Kamalakar Dixit (born 1944) is an Indian-American economist.


, Dixit is the John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics at Princeton University, and has been since July 1989. He was previously a professor of Economics and International Affairs. He previously taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the University of California, Berkeley, at Balliol College at Oxford University as the Lord Thomson of Fleet Fellow and Lecturer in Economics, and at the University of Warwick.

Avinash Dixit has also held visiting scholar positions at MIT as well as the International Monetary Fund and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Other work

Selected publications

  • 1976. The Theory of Equilibrium Growth. Oxford University Press.
  • 1980. Theory of International Trade, with Victor Norman. Cambridge University Press
  • [1976] 1990. Optimization in Economic Theory, 2nd ed., Oxford. and contents .
  • 1991. Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life, with Barry Nalebuff, New York: W.W. Norton.
  • 1993. The Art of Smooth Pasting, Vol. 55 of series Fundamentals of Pure and Applied Economics, eds. Jacques Lesourne and Hugo Sonnenschein. Reading, UK: Harwood Academic Publishers.
  • 1996a.Investment Under Uncertainty, co-authored by Robert Pindyck. Princeton University Press.
  • 1996b. The Making of Economic Policy: A Transaction Cost Politics Perspective (Munich Lectures in Economics), M.I.T. Press. .
  • 2004. Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance], Gorman Lectures in Economics, University College London, Princeton University Press. and ch. 1, .
  • 2008a. with Barry Nalebuff, New York: W. W. Norton.
  • 2008b. "economic governance," in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition. .
  • 2009. , with Susan Skeath, New York: W. W. Norton, 1999, 3rd edition.


Dixit received a B.Sc. from Bombay University in 1963 in Mathematics and Physics, a B.A. from Cambridge University in 1965 in Mathematics (Corpus Christi College, First Class), and a Ph.D. in 1968 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Economics.