Andrew Henley

Research Fellow

Cardiff University

Andrew Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He was President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) from 2021 to 2023. He has served on the ESRC Methods and Infrastructure, and Capability Committees, the Scientific Advisory Committees of the British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society (the UK Household Longitudinal Survey). Between 2002 and 2012 he served as independent advisor on economic research to the First Minister of the Welsh Government, He holds a BA in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick, and is an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.. He has held previous appointments at the universities of Kent, Swansea and Aberystwyth. His current research interests are in the economics of entrepreneurship and self-employment, informal employment, regional and rural economic development, and on the relationship between housing and labour markets. He has published in European Economic Review, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Economica, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Regional Studies, Journal of Development Studies, Small Business Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and World Development, as well as in a number of leading entrepreneurship research journals.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2008.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9242
published as 'Curb your enthusiasm: Optimistic entrepreneurs earn less' in: European Economic Review, 2019, 111, 53 - 69
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9232
published in: Regional Studies, 2017, 51, 1312 - 1323
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8111
published as 'Does Religion Influence Entrepreneurial Behaviour?' in: International Small Business Journal, 2017, 35 (5), 597 - 617
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6947
published in: Journal of Small Business Management, 2015, 53(2), 501-515
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6844
published in: Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2014, 23(4), 717–742
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3974
published as 'Individual Motives for Choosing Self-employment in the UK: Does Region Matter?' in: Regional Studies, 2014, 48(5), 804-822
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2473
Andrew Henley, Reza Arabsheibani, Francisco G. Carneiro
published in: World Development, 2009, 37(5), 992-1003