About the Idea Shop


The Idea Shop is the personal weblog of economist Andrew Chamberlain. Contact him at adchamberlain@ucsd.edu. You can view his academic research page here. You can visit his business website at www.columbiaeconomics.com.

Professional Bio:
Andrew Chamberlain is an economist based in San Diego, California. He is an applied microeconomist specializing in public finance, labor economics and public policy evaluation, and is an expert in the design and implementation of proprietary survey instruments. His previous research has examined the presence of wage premiums among public-sector workers, the impact of intergovernmental grants on local government, the effect of liquor availability on urban crime, the distributional effects of climate-change policies, statistical methods for estimating tax incidence for narrow geographic areas, and a variety of federal and state tax policy issues.

Andrew’s work has been cited in U.S. congressional testimony, NBER working papers, OECD working papers, and published in or featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Economist, Newsweek, Tax Notes and others. He has appeared as a live television guest on MSNBC's “Connected Coast to Coast,” CNBC's “Kudlow & Company” and various radio stations. Previously Andrew served as an economist in Washington, D.C. at the Tax Foundation and the Cato Institute. While in Washington, Andrew briefed both Democratic and Republican congressional staff on his research as well as analysts at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and various think tanks. In 2008 he founded Columbia Economics, L.L.C., a full-service economic consulting firm specializing in taxation and energy policy based in Seattle, Washington.

Andrew has served as a graduate instructor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, where he received three departmental teaching awards for exemplary student evaluations. Andrew has C.Phil. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of California, San Diego, and is expected to receive his Ph.D. in economics in 2015. He has B.A. degrees in economics (cum laude) and business administration (magna cum laude) from the University of Washington in Seattle.