Huw David Dixon (/hju: devəd dɪksən/), born 1958, is a British economist. He has been a professor at Cardiff Business School since 2006, having previously been Head of Economics at the University of York (2003–2006) after being a Professor of economics there (1992–2003), and the University of Swansea (1991–1992), a Reader at Essex University (1987–1991) and a lecturer at Birkbeck College (University of London) 1983–1987.
Huw David Dixon
Huw Dixon 2005
|Institution||Cardiff Business School|
University of York
|New Keynesian Economists|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
Nuffield College, Oxford
|Influences||James Mirrlees, Don Patinkin, Robert Axelrod, Herbert Simon|
|Contributions||Price Micro-data in Macroeconomic Models, Introducing Imperfect Competition in Macroeconomics, Equilibria in Bertrand–Edgeworth models with Convex Costs, The Evolution of Consistent Conjectures|
|Information at IDEAS / RePEc|
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  graduating in 1984.
Dixon was a fellow of the CEPR from 1991–2001, a member of the Royal Economic Society council (1996–2001), and a fellow of the Ces-ifo institute since 2000. He has been on the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies (1986–1993), 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.
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. The topics include:
- 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, and of an Epsilon-equilibrium in a large market, and in other aspects.
- Strategic investment Models. The use of capital to alter the way firms compete in oligopoly by altering their marginal cost, or conjectural variations.
- Bounded rationality. Dixon explored the implications of evolutionary ideas for oligopoly theory and learning. He also developed one of the first models of endogenous aspirations in economics.
- 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. This is an idea that was much explored in many other papers by him  and more recently. 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. He has contributed to The Times Higher Education Supplement multiple times regarding economics.
- Imperfect Competition and Macroeconomics: A Survey-Oxford Economic Papers New Series Vol. 46 No. 2
- The Competitive Outcome as the Equilibrium in an Edgeworthian Price-Quantity Model – The Economic Journal Vol. 102 No. 411 March 1992
- "The evolution of consistent conjectures – Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 51, Number 4, August 2003, pp. 523–536(14)". Ingentaconnect.com. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Huw" is a Welsh spelling of the English name "Hugh" and is pronounced /hju:/.
- "Cardiff Business School – Huw D Dixon". Caerdydd.ac.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Wisdom in a set of blue boxes". Times Higher Education. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- http://www.swan.ac.uk/sbe/economics/alumni/big_91.jpg[permanent dead link]
- "Controversies in Macroeconomics (Book) by Huw David Dixon | Global Investor Bookshop". Books.global-investor.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Imperfect Competition Macroeconomic effects". Cepr.org. Archived from the original on 3 May 2005. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Approximate Bertrand Equilibria in a Replicated Industry". ResearchGate. 30 August 1983. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Programme Chair and Committee". Resconference.org.uk. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Surfing Economics | Huw David Dixon | Macmillan". Us.macmillan.com. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- The existence of mixed strategy equilibria in a price-setting oligopoly, Economics Letters, 1984, 16, 205–212
- Approximate Bertrand equilibria in a replicated industry, Review of Economic Studies, 1987, 54, 47–62
- The general theory of household and market contingent demand, The Manchester School of Economic and Social Studies, 1987, 45, 287–304
- Bertrand–Edgeworth equilibria when firms avoid turning customers away, Journal of Industrial Economics, 1990, 39, 131–146
- The Perfectly competitive outcome as the equilibrium in an Edgeworthian price-quantity game, Economic Journal, 1992, 102, 301–309
- Bertrand–Edgeworth Equilibria when firms set discrete prices, Bulletin of Economic Research, 1993, 45, 257–268
- Strategic investment in a competitive industry, Journal of Industrial Economics, 1985, 33, 483–500
- Strategic investment with consistent conjectures, Oxford Economic Papers,1986, (38), 111–128
- 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
- A simple model of imperfect competition with Walrasian features, Oxford Economic Papers, 1987, 39, 134–160
- Imperfect competition and macroeconomics: a survey" Huw Dixon and Neil Rankin, Oxford Economic Papers, 1994, 46, 171–199
- 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
- 6 January 2012 1:30 am (6 January 2012). "Push ahead with HS2 plans as soon as possible". FT.com. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Taking stock of the market". Times Higher Education. 25 January 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2012.
- "Oikonomikos grows up". Times Higher Education. 31 May 2002. Retrieved 10 March 2012.