Avinash Dixit is the Sherrerd University Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Princeton University. His research interests have included microeconomic theory, game theory, international trade, industrial organization, growth and development theories, public economics, political economy, and the new institutional economics. His book publications include Theory of International Trade (1980) with Victor Norman), Thinking Strategically (1989) and The Art of Strategy (2009) with Barry Nalebuff, Games of Strategy (fifth edition 2020, with Susan Skeath and David McAdams), Investment Under Uncertainty (1994) with Robert Pindyck, The Making of Economic Policy: A Transaction Cost Politics Perspective (1996), Lawlessness and Economics (2004), and Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction (2014). He has also published numerous articles in professional journals and collective volumes.
He was President of the Econometric Society in 2001, and Vice-President (2002) and President (2008) of the American Economic Association. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2005, the American Philosophical Society in 2010, and a Corresponding (Foreign) Fellowship of the British Academy in 2006.
His awards include Distinguished Fellow in Economics award from the University of Munich (1994), Padma Vibhushan from the President of India (2016), and five honorary doctorates.
Dixit was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1944, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was educated at St. Xavier’s College (Bombay), Corpus Christi College (Cambridge) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and professor at the University of Warwick, and Princeton. He has held visiting professorships at MIT and Lingnan University (Hong Kong), and several visiting scholar positions including the IMF, World Bank, Russell Sage Foundation, and LSE, Oxford, Stockholm, and Yale Universities.