Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University
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economic modeling, economic policy analysis
After working at the IMF and the Reserve Bank of Australia, Dixon joined the Australian government's IMPACT Project in 1975. At IMPACT he led the team that created the ORANI model. This was the world's first detailed (100+ industries) computable general equilibrium model regularly used in policy analysis. In the 1990s with colleagues at Monash University he created the MONASH model, the dynamic successor to ORANI. These two models have been prominent in the Australian economic debate for 35 years and have been used as templates for other models throughout the world. In recent years Dixon developed the USAGE model of the U.S. which is used by the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Transportation and Homeland Security. Dixon was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 1982. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Economic Society of Australia and in 2006 he was appointed Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor at Monash. In 2013, Elsevier published its two-volume Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling edited by Dixon and Dale Jorgenson. In 2014 Dixon took up his present position as Professor in the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University.