Harcourt lecture on foreign direct investment

Professor Avinash Dixit

Professor Avinash Dixit

Friday, 24 August 2012

Influential American-Indian economist Professor Avinash Dixit will give the University of Adelaide's annual 2012 Harcourt Lecture on Thursday 6 September.

The free public lecture is presented annually by the University's School of Economics. The 2012 lecture topic is 'Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Governance'.

Professor Dixit is the John J.F. Sherrerd '52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University. He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at Hong Kong's Lingnan University and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford.

Professor Dixit gained his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and worked at the University of California, Berkeley, Balliol College, Oxford and the University of Warwick before joining Princeton where he taught from 1981 to 2010.

He gained early recognition for his work with Joseph Stiglitz on imperfect markets and "monopolistic competition" and is also well known for his influential book, with Victor Norman, The Theory of International Trade, as well as his work on game theory, microeconomic theory, industrial organisation and growth and development.

At the Harcourt Lecture, Professor Dixit will discuss the relationship between foreign direct investment and economic governance. Professor Dixit will discuss how the volume and form of foreign investment changes according to the conditions of governance. He will suggest potential actions for firms and governments to improve the quantity and quality of foreign direct investment.

The Harcourt Professorship was established by generous donations in memory of the 25 years of infectious enthusiasm and distinguished scholarship which Professor Geoff Harcourt gave to the School of Economics. Each year, under the endowment, the School invites a global leader in a field of economics to share their knowledge and experience with students, staff and the broader community.


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