Andrew Woods

Director, Center for Business and Economic Research
Expertise: Economic analysis, Public finance, Public policy, Financial management, Public affairs


Andrew Woods is the director of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER). He brings over 15 years of public policy experience, most notably as a business and public affairs professional. Some of his research interests include strengthening research in education, transportation, workforce development, economic diversification, and other policy areas important to business and government.

Via a wide array of leadership positions in the public and private sectors, Woods has expertise in applying data and research to strengthen organizations and communities. Prior to joining UNLV in June 2021, he served as CEO of Woods Strategies, an economic analysis, financial management, and public affairs consulting firm. Projects included a research initiative detailing the importance of medical research to the well-being and growth of Nevada.

As director of CBER, Woods plans to increase the center's reach and reinforce its role as a trusted resource for business and economic information for the public. The center will continue to provide expertise on current and ongoing topics that are important to businesses and the community and will increase its output of high-quality academic research.

Woods is a regular contributor to media outlets, including Nevada Public Radio and a guest columnist for the Las Vegas Sun and The Nevada Independent.


  • M.A., Public Policy, The University of Chicago
  • B.A., Political Science and Economics, American University

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Las Vegas Review Journal
Recent economic data suggests Nevada’s labor market is restructuring as workers move between jobs. And like the rest of the state, the Las Vegas metro area is also seeing high rates of churn — or the pace of workers moving between jobs.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
By 2040 alone, the population in Clark County is expected to grow by 698,000 residents, according to CBER’s research, pushing the local population past the 3 million mark.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
According to a study by UNLV researchers, Southern Nevada’s population is expected to grow to an estimated 3.39 million by 2060.
The Regulatory Review
Nevada carries a reputation as a one-horse state, relying mainly on the leisure and hospitality sector. For example, in 2019, accommodation and food services made up 26 percent of Nevada’s workforce. For many years, policymakers and analysts have argued that Nevada needed to diversify its economy like its neighbors Arizona and Utah. This notion has proven salient multiple times, such as during the 2008 Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic, when Nevada, and especially the Las Vegas metro area, became ground zero for a national economic slump.

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