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Andrew Reeson is an economist with CSIRO's Digital Productivity Flagship in Canberra. His work applies behavioural economics and socio-economic modelling to provide scientific solutions to real world problems.
Behavioural economics provides a way of understanding how and why people make decisions, and can be used to help guide the decision-making process. He has applied this to a range of issues, including nudging customers towards online, a paper on behavioural economics and the tax and transfer system for the Henry Tax Review, and understanding motivations for volunteerism.
Another application of behavioural economics is market design, using a combination of theory, experiment and practical experience to optimise the rules for how participants interact in markets and other institutions. Recent projects include informing the design of auctions used in major government procurement programs for water and carbon.
Dr Reeson also applies a range of modelling and analytic techniques to identify patterns and describe trends and variability in socio-economic data through space and time. Examples include assessing the socio-economic impacts of next generation broadband, mapping the digital divide across Australia, and exploring the association between mining and income inequality
He has 27 published academic papers with over 600 ISI citations, and a number of others in press and preparation. With colleagues he has established the Resources, Energy and Environmental Markets Laboratory (REEML) at the University of Sydney, which now runs a range of experimental economics-based research projects, and has a range of customised software tools and laboratory facilities.