Dr. Clare McAndrew is a cultural economist, investment analyst, and published author. Clare completed her PhD in economics at Trinity College Dublin in 2001, where she also lectured and taught economics for four years. She then led a number of research projects for the Arts Council of the U.K., publishing studies on the effects of regulation, taxation and other issues in the visual arts market. In 2002, Clare joined U.S. firm Kusin & Company, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in art investment, as chief economist where she worked for three years. She returned to Ireland in 2005, and continued her work in the art market in a private consulting capacity with a global client base. Clare founded Arts Economics in 2007 to focus her efforts on art market research and analysis, and works with a network of private consultants and academic researchers in providing research and consulting services to the global art trade and financial sector.