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Huw Dixon

Huw David Dixon
Huw Dixon 2005
Born July 1958
Swansea, Wales
Nationality British (Welsh)
Institution Cardiff Business School (2006-)
University of York (1992–2006)
Swansea University (1991–1992)
Essex University (1987–1991))
Birkbeck College (1983–1987)
Field Economics
School/tradition New Keynesian Economists
Alma mater Balliol College, Nuffield College, Oxford University
Influences James Mirrlees, Don Patinkin, Robert Axelrod, Herbert Simon
Contributions Price Micro-data in Macroeconomic Models, Introducing Imperfect Competition in Macroeconomics,[1] Equilibria in Bertrand-Edgeworth Models with Convex Costs,[2] The Evolution of Consistent Conjectures[3]
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Huw David Dixon (born 1958) is a British economist. He has been a professor at Cardiff Business School since 2006,[4] having previously been Head of Economics at the University of York (2003–2006) after being a Professor of economics there (1992–2003),[5] and the University of Swansea (1991–1992),[6] a Reader at Essex University (1987–1991) and a lecturer at Birkbeck College (University of London) 1983-1987.


He graduated from his first degree in Philosophy and Economics from (Balliol College, Oxford University) in 1980, and he went on to do his PhD at Nuffield College Oxford under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Sir James Mirrlees [7] graduating in 1984.


Huw Dixon 1992, Chair of Royal Economic Society Conference, with Jagdish Bhagwati (invited speaker) and Sir David Hendry (President of RES)

Dixon was a fellow of the CEPR from 1991–2001,[8] a member of the Royal Economic Society council (1996–2001), and a fellow of the Ces-ifo institute since 2000.[9] He has been on the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies (1986–1993),[10] the Journal of Industrial Economics. He edited the Controversies section of the Economic Journal (1994-9) and has been the Chair of the Royal Economic Society Conference 1992.[11]

Dixon has a wide scope in terms of the areas of economics he has researched and published in and he has been described as one of Europe's leading economists.[12] The topics include:

  1. Bertrand-Edgeworth Models with strictly convex costs. Francis Edgeworth developed the analysis of the model of Bertrand competition in a setting where firms had constant marginal cost up to capacity. Dixon explored how this could be generalized to the case of convex costs. He established the existence of a mixed-strategy Nash equilibrium,[13] and of an Epsilon-equilibrium in a large market,[14] and in other aspects.[15][16][17][18]
  2. Strategic investment Models. The use of capital to alter the way firms compete in oligopoly by altering their marginal cost,[19] or conjectural variations.[20]
  3. Bounded rationality. Dixon explored the implications of evolutionary ideas for oligopoly theory and learning.[21] He also developed one of the first models of endogenous aspirations in economics.[22]
  4. New Keynesian Macreconomics. Dixon was one of the first economists to examine the effect of imperfect competition on the effectiveness of fiscal policy in his paper A simple model of imperfect competition with Walrasian features.[23] This is an idea that was much explored in many other papers by him [24] and more recently.[25] This paper was the first to demonstrate in a simple general equilibrium model that the fiscal multiplier could be increasing with the degree of imperfect competition in the output market. The reason for this is that imperfect competition in the output market tends to reduce the real wage, leading to the household substituting away from consumption towards leisure. When government spending is increased, the corresponding increase in lump-sum taxation causes both leisure and consumption decrease (assuming that they are both a normal good). The greater the degree of imperfect competition in the output market, the lower the real wage and hence the more the reduction falls on leisure (i.e. households work more) and less on consumption. Hence the fiscal multiplier is less than one, but increasing in the degree of imperfect competition in the output market.

Other topics include imperfect competition in macroeconomics, nominal rigidity. Most of his work is New Keynesian. Dixon supports the High Speed 2 development for the United Kingdom, and expressed his support in a Financial Times article on 6 January 2012, along with other leading economists.[26] He has contributed to The Times Higher Education Supplement multiple times regarding economics.[27][28]


He has authored a book Surfing Economics, which explores New Keynesian economics, the Natural Rate, Bounded Rationality, Social Learning and the meaning of Economics.


  1. ^ Imperfect Competition and Macroeconomics: A Survey-Oxford Economic Papers New Series Vol. 46 No. 2
  2. ^ The Competitive Outcome as the Equilibrium in an Edgeworthian Price-Quantity Model--The Economic Journal Vol. 102 No. 411 March 1992
  3. ^ "The evolution of consistent conjectures – Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 51, Number 4, August 2003, pp. 523–536(14)". 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Cardiff Business School – Huw D Dixon". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Wisdom in a set of blue boxes". Times Higher Education. 2004-05-28. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Controversies in Macroeconomics (Book) by Huw David Dixon | Global Investor Bookshop". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Imperfect Competition Macroeconomic effects". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Approximate Bertrand Equilibria in a Replicated Industry.". ResearchGate. 1983-08-30. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Programme Chair and Committee". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  12. ^ "Surfing Economics | Huw David Dixon | Macmillan". 2009-12-04. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  13. ^ The existence of mixed strategy equilibria in a price-setting oligopoly, Economics Letters, 1984, 16, 205–212
  14. ^ Approximate Bertrand equilibria in a replicated industry, Review of Economic Studies, 1987, 54, 47–62
  15. ^ The general theory of household and market contingent demand, The Manchester School of Economic and Social Studies, 1987, 45, 287–304
  16. ^ Bertrand-Edgeworth equilibria when firms avoid turning customers away, Journal of Industrial Economics, 1990, 39, 131–146
  17. ^ The Perfectly competitive outcome as the equilibrium in an Edgeworthian price-quantity game, Economic Journal, 1992, 102, 301–309
  18. ^ Bertrand-Edgeworth Equilibria when firms set discrete prices, Bulletin of Economic Research, 1993, 45, 257–268
  19. ^ Strategic investment in a competitive industry, Journal of Industrial Economics, 1985, 33, 483–500
  20. ^ Strategic investment with consistent conjectures, Oxford Economic Papers,1986, (38), 111–128
  21. ^
  22. ^ Dixon H (2000) keeping up with the Joneses: competition and the evolution of collusion, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, volume 43, pp. 223–238
  23. ^ A simple model of imperfect competition with Walrasian features, Oxford Economic Papers, 1987, 39, 134–160
  24. ^ Imperfect competition and macroeconomics: a survey" Huw Dixon and Neil Rankin, Oxford Economic Papers, 1994, 46, 171–199
  25. ^ Luís F. Costa and Huw David Dixon (2011) Fiscal Policy under Imperfect Competition with Flexible Prices: An Overview and Survey. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Vol. 5, 2011–3
  26. ^ 6 January 2012 1:30 am (2012-01-06). "Push ahead with HS2 plans as soon as possible". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  27. ^ "Taking stock of the market". Times Higher Education. 2002-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  28. ^ "Oikonomikos grows up". Times Higher Education. 2002-05-31. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 

External links

  • Cardiff Business School: Huw Dixon (homepage)
  • Official website
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