Andrew is an Associate Director in Frontier’s public policy practice.
He has more than eighteen years’ experience in the analysis of government policy. He is an expert in using quantitative and qualitative evidence to understand and evaluate the impact of policy reforms. He joined Frontier in 2013.
Andrew works widely on projects related to productivity, innovation and industrial strategy. For BEIS, he led a major study of the impact of government grants for R&D on business performance using econometric analysis of large-scale administrative data. For Innovate UK, he is leading and co-ordinating Frontier’s ongoing multi-year evaluations of public investments in four ‘Catapults’ – centres of excellence seeking to promote innovation and growth in sectors of the future. He is also leading an economic and process evaluation of the ‘Transforming Construction’ Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
Andrew also leads much of Frontier’s work relating to tax policy. For HMRC, he led the team which derived new estimates of price elasticities of demand in the UK gambling market, including the first estimates of elasticities for online gambling. This helped HMRC understand the revenue implications of reforms to gambling excise duties. He led a significant modelling exercise for the States of Guernsey to understand the impact of reforms to their personal tax and benefits system. He has also led a number of projects around indirect tax reform for clients in the private sector.
Prior to joining Frontier, Andrew was a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His work there focused on policies designed to influence the demand for alcohol, tobacco and transport, the application of behavioural economics to tax policy, and microeconomic analysis of environmental policy. He led many projects for government departments, charitable bodies and third sector organisations, publishing a large number of peer-reviewed journal articles and policy briefings.
Describe your job to a child
I look at a lot of numbers and try and help people make sense of them.
What was the last book you read?
The Entrepreneurial State, by Mariana Mazzucato. A persuasive guide to the idea that the public sector can be a positive force for shaping innovation.
Are aliens real?
I can’t believe we’re alone in the universe, but I don’t think we’ve ever encountered other intelligent life.