Andrew Ayres

Economist, Ecosystems


Areas of expertise:
Environmental & natural resource economics, institutional economics, applied econometrics, water economics and policy

Andrew Ayres is an economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at EDF, whose activities primarily support the Ecosystems team. He provides applied research and thought leadership to inform policy design and support advocacy, especially surrounding the organization’s work on freshwater issues.


Andrew Ayres completed a Ph.D. in a joint program between the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as well as the Department of Economics at UC, Santa Barbara. His primary research interests consider how institutions (rules, norms, and regulation) are agreed upon and subsequently influence human behavior and resource conditions in river basins. Previously, Andrew was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and worked for Ecologic Institute in Berlin.


Ph.D., Economics and Environmental Science (Env. Sci. & Mgt.), University of California, Santa Barbara (2018)
B.A., Economics, Pomona College (2010)