Andrew Leigh is a member of the Australian House of Representatives. Prior to his election in August 2010, he was a Professor in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University, working in the fields of labour economics, public economics, population economics, and the economics of elections.

Andrew received a PhD from Harvard University in 2004. He has published over 100 papers, including articles in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, the Economic Journal, Economics Letters, and the Journal of Health Economics. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), 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), Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020), What's the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics (2021) and Fair Game: Lessons From Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (2022).

Andrew is a keen triathlete and marathon runner, and hosts a podcast called The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation, about living a happier, healthier and more ethical life. Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2010.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 16786
Lachlan Hotchin, Andrew Leigh
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14762
published in: Labour Economics, 2022, 73, 102153
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14287
Andrew Leigh, Adam Triggs
published in: Economic Record, 2021, 97 (318), 333-349
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13025
published in: Economic Record, 2020, 96 (313), 187-208
IZA Discussion Paper No. 13024
published as 'Estimating Long-Run Incarceration Rates for Australia, Canada, England and Wales, New Zealand, and the United States' in: Australian Economic History Review, 2020, 60 (2), 148-185
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12034
published in: Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2019, 35 (3), 550–563
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11350
published in: Economic Record, 2018, 94 (S1), 73-101
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11315
Gweneth Leigh, Andrew Leigh
published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2018, 25 (21), 1527-1530
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11021
Gregory Clark, Andrew Leigh, Mike Pottenger
published as 'Frontiers of mobility: Was Australia 1870 - 2017 a more socially mobile society than England?' in: Explorations in Economic History, 2020, 76 (C), 101327
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8014
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2014, 49 (1), 110-140
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7486
Mike Pottenger, Andrew Leigh
published in: Australian Economic History Review, 2016, 56 (1), 2-20
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7463
published in: Economic Record, 2013, 89 (286), 396-410
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6165
published in: Economic Record, 2012, 88 (281), 182 - 194
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6156
published in: Economic Record, 2012, 88 (280), 127-147
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4995
published in: American Law and Economics Review, 2010, 12 (2), 462-508
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4960
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Advances in Economic Analysis and Policy, 2010, 10 (1), Article 45
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4947
Alison L. Booth, Andrew Leigh, Elena Varganova
published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2012, 74 (4), 547-573
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4937
published as 'The Distribution of Top Incomes in Five Anglo-Saxon Countries Over the Long Run' in: Economic Record, 2013, 89 (51), 31 - 74
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4920
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy: Contributions to Economic Analysis and Policy, 2011, 11, article 6
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