BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) (Sydney), MPA, PhD (Harvard)

Andrew Leigh is the federal member for Fenner in the Australian House of Representatives. Prior to entering parliament in 2010, he was a professor in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University.

Andrew’s research is in the fields of inequality, social policy, taxation and education. Andrew holds a PhD from Harvard University, on the topic ‘Essays in Poverty and Inequality’, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. He has previously worked as a lawyer (including a stint as associate to former High Court Justice Michael Kirby), and as a principal adviser to the Australian Treasury.

He is a fellow of the IZA (Bonn), CESifo (Munich), and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (Canberra). Andrew has published over six books and over sixty journal articles. His journal articles are available at

  • Professor, Research School of Economics, ANU (2009 - 2010)
  • Associate Professor, Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU (2008 - 2009)
  • Fellow, Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, ANU (2004 - 2008)
  • Young Economist Award, Economics Society of Australia (2011)
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award (2006)


Joshua Gans & Andrew Leigh (2019), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That is More Star Trek Than Terminator. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Andrew Leigh (2018), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World. Melbourne: Black Inc & New Haven: Yale University Press

Andrew Leigh (2017), Choosing Opennness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia. Sydney: Penguin/Lowy

Andrew Leigh (2015), The Luck of Politics. Melbourne: Black Inc

Andrew Leigh (2014), The Economics of Just About Everything. Sydney: Allen and Unwin

Andrew Leigh (2013), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia. Melbourne: Black Inc

Andrew Leigh (2010), Disconnected. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press

Macgregor Duncan, Andrew Leigh, David Madden and Peter Tynan (2004), Imagining Australia: Ideas for Our Future. Sydney: Allen and Unwin

Selected Articles

1. Caroline Hoxby & Andrew Leigh (2004), ‘Pulled Away or Pushed Out? Explaining the Decline of Teacher Quality in the United States’, in American Economic Review 94(2): 236-240

2. Andrew Leigh (2007), ‘How Closely do Top Income Shares Track Other Measures of Inequality?’, in Economic Journal, 117(524): F619–F633

3. Joshua Gans & Andrew Leigh (2009), ‘Born on the First of July: An (Un)natural Experiment in Birth Timing’, in Journal of Public Economics, 93(1-2): 246-263