Andrew Woods

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

Biography

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.

Education

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

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Andrew Woods In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in October amid a tight labor market and a shifting labor landscape, but local economists say not to sound the alarm.
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A new report from UNLV indicates Southern Nevada is heading for a mild economic slowdown over the next year, but there's no recession in sight just yet.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Santa’s Wrap transforms into a Christmas-themed store every June. While the seasonal home decor and gifts shop in Las Vegas starts its holiday push earlier than traditional retailers, it’s finding that this year it’s right on time — thanks to inflation.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada gained 7,500 jobs in October, the third-largest monthly increase in the past year, according to a report from Nevada’s employment office on Thursday.

Articles Featuring Andrew Woods

lithium mine pools with mountains in background
Research | November 29, 2022

With a rich store of lithium in our lands, the state has a chance to capitalize on the ever-growing demand for clean energy. Here’s how we can ensure this boom doesn’t go bust.

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Business and Community | November 4, 2022

UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research conference Nov. 17 to feature economic forecasts and expert panels focused on diversification and clean energy manufacturing.   

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.