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Andrew Leicester

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Andrew is a Manager in Frontier’s Public Policy practice. He has more than fourteen years’ experience in the economic and empirical analysis of government policy. His particular expertise is using microeconomic data to model the response to policy reforms, and applying good economic principles to help design and evaluate effective policy interventions. He joined Frontier in 2013.

Andrew works widely on projects related to innovation and skills. For BIS, he led work which analysed the economic and social returns to investments in science and innovation, and is also leading a study which aims to estimate the impact of public support for innovation on firm-level outcomes. For the European Investment Bank, he has analysed the effectiveness of skills-based interventions as a means to address youth unemployment in the EU. He is also leading work for five of the nine ‘Catapult Centres’ which aims to set up a framework that would allow a robust economic impact evaluation to be carried out in the future.

He also leads Frontier’s work relating to taxation policy. He has led work for HM Revenue and Customs which estimated price elasticities of demand in the UK gambling market. This helped HMRC understand the implications for revenues from reforms to gambling-related taxes. He has also led work for the States of Guernsey to model reforms to their personal tax system. This forms part of a wider portfolio of advice that Andrew has provided to Guernsey policy makers on issues including economic development and the local impact of the eGambling 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 a number of projects for government departments, charitable bodies and third sector organisations, publishing a large number of peer-reviewed journal articles and policy briefings.