Andrew Keith Leigh (born 3 August 1972) is an Australian politician and former professor of economics at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives since 2010, representing the seat of Fraser.
In 2011, Leigh was awarded the Economic Society of Australia's Young Economist Award. This award, presented once every two years, is given to "honour that Australian economist under the age of forty who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge."
1 Academic career,
2 Political career,
4 Selected speeches,
5 Honors and awards,
7 External links,
Leigh's early years of education were in Sydney, Melbourne, Malaysia and Indonesia, before receiving secondary education at James Ruse Agricultural High School in Sydney, New South Wales. Leigh holds a BA(Hons) and LLB(Hons) from the University of Sydney, and an MPA and PhD from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has published over 50 journal articles in the disciplines of economics, public policy and law, and over 100 opinion pieces. His research findings have been discussed in The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, Time, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Prior to entering politics, Leigh was a professor in the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University. His research was in the fields of labour economics, public finance, and political economy. He has also previously worked as a lawyer for Minter Ellison (Sydney) and Clifford Chance (London), and as Associate to Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. He has also worked as a researcher for UK Solicitor General Ross Cranston, as senior trade adviser to the late Senator Peter Cook, and as a research fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute (Washington, D.C.).
In the 1995 NSW election, Leigh stood as the Labor candidate for the New South Wales state seat of Northcott, receiving an 8% swing, but nonetheless losing by a large margin to Barry O'Farrell.
On 24 April 2010, Leigh was selected as Labor's candidate for the Australian federal seat of Fraser following the announced retirement of Bob McMullan. Fraser is a safe Labor seat. Leigh was subsequently elected in the Australian federal election held on 21 August 2010.
In 2013, Leigh was the spokesperson on Opposition costings and on 25 March 2013, was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister following a Cabinet reshuffle in the wake of a failed leadership challenge on Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Leigh, a supporter of Gillard, lost this position after the June 2013 Labor leadership spill.
Leigh, Andrew (2013), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, Black Inc., ISBN 978-1-86395-607-9 ,
Leigh, Andrew (2010), Disconnected, University of NSW Press, ISBN 978-1-74223-153-2 ,
Duncan, Magregor; Leigh, Andrew; Madden, David; Tynan, Peter (2004), Imagining Australia: Ideas for Our Future, Allen & Unwin, ISBN 978-1-74114-382-9 ,
Burchell, David; Leigh, Andrew, eds. (2002), The Prince's New Clothes: Why do Australians Dislike Their Politicians, University of NSW Press, ISBN 978-0-86840-604-6 ,
The Naked Truth? Media and Politics in the Digital Age, University of Canberra, 1 August 2012,
What Do We Eat After the Low-Hanging Fruit? A Brief Economic History of Australia, With Some Lessons for the Future, McKell Institute, 18 May 2012,
Why Inequality Matters, and What We Should Do About It, Sydney Institute, 1 May 2012,
Five Science Breakthroughs That Could Change Politics, University of Sydney, 18 April 2012,
Clean Energy Bills, House of Representatives, 28 October 2011,
Book Launch of Herb Feith's Biography, Parliament House, 6 July 2011,
Fragile States and Agile Aid, Lowy Institute, 18 May 2011,
Better Together: Ten Ways to Revitalise Community, Belconnen Community Forum, 20 April 2011,
Revenge of the Nerds: Improving Australia's Education System, Gungahlin Community Forum, 16 March 2011,
Canberra is the Best City in Australia, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, 3 October 2010,
First Speech, House of Representatives, 18 October 2010,
Honors and awards:
Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia (2011),
Young Economist Award, Economic Society of Australia (2011),
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award (2006),
Best Discussant Award, Annual PhD Conference in Economics and Business (2006),
Garran Oration, Institute of Public Administration Australia (2004).