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Dr Andrew Reeson is an applied economist in CSIRO’s Data61. His work combines behavioural economics with econometric modelling to address issues of national significance to Australia.
On joining CSIRO in 2004 he became an early practitioner of behavioural economics, applying it initially to the design and implementation of environmental policy tools, particularly market-based instruments (MBIs). This included applying experimental economic study to inform the design of the Commonwealth Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (‘Direct Action’), and providing detailed advice for Commonwealth and state governments on major water buyback and irrigation modernisation programs.
More recently he has switched his focus to the digital economy and services sector. This has included modelling the impacts of information technology on Australian businesses, analysing the impacts of technology on the future of work, and exploring the future of vocational education and training. Other recent projects have involved large scale randomised controlled trials of behavioural economics interventions, one to promote engagement among 90,000 superannuation fund members, and another encouraging the use of online services by 78,000 Centrelink clients.
Past highlights include an invited review of behavioural economics and its implications for the Australian tax and transfer system for the Henry Tax Review, establishing an innovative prediction market for water forecasting, and novel modelling of Medicare cardiology claims. He currently leads CSIRO’s contribution to the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, and has contributed to high profile research on superannuation drawdown behaviour among Australian retirees. He has a growing, and diverse range of academic publications (detailed on Google Scholar), but should probably get out more.