Home » Events » The 2018 India Policy Forum Lecture

The 2018 India Policy Forum Lecture
July 10, 2018

The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi



2018 India Policy Forum Lecture


How Can India Avoid Losing its Race to Prosperity?


Professor Avinash Dixit
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University


Dr Shantayanan Devarajan

Chief Economist, The World Bank



Avinash Dixit is John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University. He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. Before joining Princeton in 1981, he was assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and professor at the University of Warwick. He has held visiting professorships at MIT, and visiting scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund, the London School of Economics, the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Dixit’s research interests include microeconomic theory, game theory, international trade, industrial organization, growth and development theories, public economics, political economy, and the new institutional economics.


He was President of the Econometric Society in 2001, and of the American Economic Association in 2008. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992, the National Academy of Sciences in 2005, the American Philosophical Society in 2010, and was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. He received the Indian Econometric Society’s Mahalanobis Memorial International Medal in 1985. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the President of India in 2016. 


Besides articles in professional journals and collected volumes, Dixit’s books include Theory of International Trade (with Victor Norman); Optimization in Economic Theory; Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life (with Barry Nalebuff); Investment Under Uncertainty (with Robert Pindyck); The Making of Economic Policy: A Transaction Cost Politics Perspective; Lawlessness and Economics: Alternative Modes of Governance; Games of Strategy (with Susan Skeath); and The Art of Strategy: A Game-Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life (with Barry Nalebuff).  Dixit was educated at St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, for his BSc in mathematics and physics, at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, for his BA in mathematics, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his PhD in economics. 


This Lecture is part of the annual two-day IPF conference to be held in New Delhi on July 10-11, 2018. 


Prior registration is required. For queries, please contact Ms Sudesh Bala at sbala@ncaer.org or 91-11-2345-2722.


About the India Policy Forum: The NCAER India Policy Forum is organised annually in New Delhi and promotes rigorous, world-class, empirical economic research on India with commissioned papers, an annual summer conference leading to an international journal, and the Annual IPF Lecture. The IPF provides a unique combination of intense scholarship and policymaker engagement at its summer conference. As India’s policy challenges become ever more complex, besides original empirical research the IPF now also features expert review articles that define the best available, research-based, policy guidance on issues of topical importance. An international Advisory Panel and an international Research Panel guide the IPF, with many panel members joining the summer conference. The IPF’s current editors are Shekhar Shah (NCAER), Barry Bosworth (Brookings), and Karthik Muralidharan (UC, San Diego). The IPF enters its 15th year in 2018, and for its first decade was a partnership with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.