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Avinash Kamalakar Dixit (born 1944 in Bombaymarker) is an American economist originally of Indian nationality.


Bombay University, B.Sc. 1963 (Mathematics and Physics)

Cambridge University, B.A. 1965 (Mathematics)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1968 (Economics)



Princeton University, John J. F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics (since July1989)

(Previously Professor of Economics and International Affairs January 1981 to June 1985,Professor of Economics July 1985 to June 1989)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Research Assistant, 1965-67

University of California, Berkeley, Acting Assistant Professor, July 1968-December 1969

Balliol College, Oxford University, Lord Thomson of Fleet Fellow and Lecturer in Economics,January 1970-September 1974

University of Warwick, Professor of Economics, October 1974-December 1980


Visiting Research Associate, MIT, July-December 1972

Visiting Professor, MIT, January-May 1977, September-December 1994

Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund, June-July 1990, June 2000

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 2002-3

Other work

He was President of the Econometric Society in 2001, and was a Vice-President in 2002 and is the President in 2008 of the American Economic Association. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the National Academy of Sciencesmarker in 2005.



Theory of International Trade, with Victor Norman. Cambridge University Press, 1980.

The Making of Economic Policy: A Transaction Cost Politics Perspective (Munich Lectures inEconomics). M.I.T. Press, 1996.

Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance (Gorman Lectures in Economics, University College London). Princeton University Press, 2004.

Investment Under Uncertainty, co-authored by R. Pindyck. Princeton University Press, 1994, 1996.TEXTBOOKS

Optimization in Economic Theory. Oxford University Press, 1976.

The Theory of Equilibrium Growth. Oxford University Press, 1976.

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,1993.

Games of Strategy, with Susan Skeath, New York: W. W. Norton, 1999, third edition 2009.


Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life, withBarry Nalebuff, New York: W.W. Norton, 1991. Book of the Month Club Alternateselection. Translations: Japanese 1991, Spanish 1992, Korean 1993, Italian 1993,Portuguese 1994, German 1995, Chinese (complex characters) 1997, Greek 2001,Chinese (simplified characters) 2002, Hebrew 2005, Turkish 2006.

The Art of Strategy: A Game-Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life, with Barry Nalebuff, New York: W. W. Norton, 2008.

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