Dagobert L. Brito is the Peterkin Professor of Political Economy and Baker Institute Scholar at Rice University. He also has a faculty appointment at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A. C. (CIDE) in Mexico where he is working on energy and regulatory issues.
He has been on the faculty of University of Wisconsin, Madison, The Ohio State University and Tulane University. He was a visiting professor at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His research has addressed fundamental issues involving public goods and political decisions. He had developed models involving such disparate but important issues as arms races, common property resources, vaccines and credit cards. Brito has also made important contributions to such topics as the control of macroeconomic systems, the St. Petersburg Paradox, the Nash Bargaining Problem, optimal taxation and nuclear proliferation.
He was elected a corresponding member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (Mexico Academy of Sciences) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.
He served in the United States Army 1963-1966. He received his BA (1967), MA (1970), and PhD (1970) in Economics from Rice University.