Chief Economist Unit
The Chief Economist Unit advises on critical economic issues for Auckland. This helps to better inform decisions by our elected representatives and council staff.
What we do
- We advise elected members, executive leadership, and the public on the economic costs and benefits of critical Auckland issues.
- We work with the wider public and the private sectors.
- We provide economic advice and analysis for Auckland issues including housing affordability, the funding of infrastructure for Auckland, and urban land markets.
Economic skills and techniques that we use include:
- applied economics, including micro-econometric analyses
- cost benefit analysis
- game theory and competition analysis
- better business cases
- regulatory impact analysis.
Some of the activities the Chief Economist Unit has worked on include advising on:
- outlook and drivers of the Auckland and New Zealand economy
- use of price signals to inform policy and investments
- infrastructure economics (including funding and financing)
- using price signals to inform policy and investments
- cost-effectiveness reviews (Local Government Act section 17a).
- research on housing affordability and urban economics
- impact of urban development on freshwater quality
- wider economic benefits
- unintended consequences of policy options.
Meet the team
David Norman, Chief Economist
Harshal Chitale, Senior Economist
For other enquiries, email the Chief Economist Unit.
Read the latest reports from our economics team:
Scholarships and opportunities
The Chief Economist Research Scholarship in Economics was established in 2013 to support and encourage research in urban economics. The scholarship is funded by the Chief Economist’s Unit at Auckland Council.
This scholarship provides funds of up to $4000 to support research as part of a programme of postgraduate study at a New Zealand university in economics or policy issues relevant to Auckland.
For information on the scholarship and application process, see the Universities New Zealand website.
Economic profiles by area
The economic profiles of Auckland and its 21 local boards describe the GDP, employment, industries and skills in each area.
The Auckland economic profile is an analysis of key industries in comparison to other regions in New Zealand.
See Auckland economic profile.
Use the map to find information about your local board's economic profile.