Dixit to head American Economic Association

Avinash Dixit, the John J.F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics, has been elected president-elect of the American Economic Association.

He will begin his two-year term in January, serving as president-elect for a year and then president. In 2002, Dixit was vice president of the association, which has 18,000 members from academic institutions, business and industry, government and nonprofit organizations. He also was president of the Econometric Society in 2001.

A Princeton faculty member since 1981, Dixit currently directs undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics. This year, he won the Richard E. Quandt Teaching Prize for his outstanding work with undergraduates.

Dixit's 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. He is the author of several books and of numerous articles in professional journals and collective volumes. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.

Dixit has held visiting scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund, the London School of Economics, the Institute for International Economic Studies (Stockholm) and the Russell Sage Foundation.