Monash Memo, 28 February 2007
Professor Peter Dixon has been honoured as a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor. The title is one of the more prestigious to be conferred on a Monash University academic -- it is awarded to only a few eminent professors.
Professor Dixon's record in academia spans three decades. First appointed as chair in Economic Theory at La Trobe University in 1978, he was a visiting Professor at Harvard in 1983. From 1984 -- 1991 Professor Dixon was Director of the Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research (IAESR) at Melbourne University.
In 1991, he and the core of the IAESR team moved to Monash University's Centre of Policy Studies which he directed until 2004. He is currently the Centre's Principal Researcher.
Peter is known internationally for his work in economy-wide modelling. He is the principal architect of the ORANI model and its dynamic successor, MONASH.
Since 1977 these models have been used extensively in Australian economic debates, including: trade and tax policies, labour-market reforms, greenhouse and environmental policies, microeconomic reforms and the effects on Australia of such events as the Asian financial crisis and September 11.
ORANI/MONASH-style models have now been built and applied in over 50 countries.
Since 2001, Peter has been working with colleagues on a detailed US economic model. This model, known as USAGE, is now in continuous use by departments of the US Government.
In a recent study for the US Department of Commerce, Peter and colleagues estimated the effects on the US economy of implementation of the President's energy policy.
Peter is the author of seven books and over 170 published papers. Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1982, he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Economic Society of Australia in 2003.
He has also appeared in three editions of the Who's Who in Economics which lists the world's most cited economists.
Note: a few editorial errors in the original article are corrected in the above.