Andrew Leigh

Seasoned politician bring economics and legal training to public-policy writing and debate

(Last updated during their term as a Commissioner - January 2022)

Andrew Leigh is a seasoned government policymaker serving as the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in Australia. Andrew is skilled in economic policy, having worked as a professor of economics at the Australian National University prior to being elected to government in 2010. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the ‘Young Economist Award,’ a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best economist under 40. Andrew is a podcast host and has written over a half-dozen books with his most recent titles including: Fair Game: Lessons From Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (2022), What's the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics (2021), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019), and Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020). Andrew holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard and graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in arts and law.

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