Professor Peter B. Dixon was awarded a PhD by Harvard in 1972. After working at the International Monetary Fund and the Reserve Bank of Australia, Dixon joined the Australian government’s IMPACT Project in 1975 with the mission of building a large scale economy-wide model to assist policy analysis. Subsequently he has become known internationally for his work in computable general equilibrium modelling. Together with colleagues at the IMPACT Project and the Centre of Policy Studies, he created the ORANI model and its dynamic successor, MONASH. These models have been prominent in the Australian economic debate for 45 years and have been used as templates for the development of other models throughout the world. In the last two decades he has led the development of the USAGE model of the U.S. which is being used by the U. S. International Trade Commission and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Transportation and Homeland Security.
Dixon was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1982; awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Economic Society of Australia in 2003; appointed Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor by Monash University in 2006; and elected to the Hall of Fame in the Global Trade Analysis Project in 2015. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2014 he was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO). In 2014 Dixon took up his present position as Professor in the Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University.