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Dr Andrew Reeson

Research Team Leader


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Dr Andrew Reeson is a principal research scientist in CSIRO’s Data61. His work combines behavioural economics with econometric modelling to address issues of national significance to Australia. After a mis-spent youth taking biology at Oxford he switched to economics in order to focus on the more challenging aspects of real-world problems. On joining CSIRO in 2004 he worked on the design and implementation of environmental policy tools. This included applying economic experiments to inform the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund and advising on major water programs.

Over the last few years he has switched his focus to the digital economy. Current interests include economic mechanisms for equitable data sharing, the impact of technology on employment markets (e.g. Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce) and potential policy responses (e.g. The VET Era: Equipping Australia's Workforce for the Future Digital Economy). Among other recent projects are large scale randomised controlled trials of behavioural economics insights (with over 160,000 participants in total), a paper modelling the impacts of information technology on Australian businesses and a high profile analysis of superannuation drawdown behaviour.

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 designing landscape-scale conservation auctions. He currently leads a multidisciplinary research team in Data61 focussed on socio-technical aspects of market design. He has a diverse of research publications (see Google Scholar).

Current Roles

  • Team leader
    Market design/Inclusive socio-technical innovation

  • Project leader
    Supporting land sector participation in carbon markets

  • Project co-leader
    Urban data markets

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    BA, Biological Sciences
    University of Oxford, UK

  • 1999

    University of Southampton, UK

  • 2004

    Masters, Natural Resource Economics
    University of Queensland

Professional Experiences

  • 2007-2018

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer/Fellow
    University of Sydney

  • 2001-2004

    Research Scientist
    Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland

  • 1999-2001

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Adelaide

  • 1998-1999

    Scientific Officer
    Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology, Oxford