Dr Andrew Reeson

Applied Economist of Data 61

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 modelling the potential impact of technology on employment (e.g. Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce) and future skills demand (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 novel modelling of Medicare cardiology claims. He currently leads CSIRO’s contribution to the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster and a research team in Data61 focussed on social and economic aspects of information and innovation systems.