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Economic advice and publications

What we do

We undertake economic analysis to assist colleagues and advise elected members on the costs, benefits and wellbeing implications of policy and infrastructure proposals.

We promote cost benefit analysis to identify the net benefit of options and demonstrate the trade-offs.

Through our Auckland Economic Quarterly and Insights papers, we offer insights to inform debate on issues that matter for Auckland’s overall wellbeing, including:

  • how we accommodate growth
  • housing affordability
  • paying for infrastructure
  • making trade-offs among competing priorities.

Chief Economist Gary Blick

Gary Blick.

Gary is committed to evidence-based economic advice to help improve the liveability and prosperity of Auckland.

He joined Auckland Council in late 2021, having previously worked as an consulting economist and at the Treasury.

Originally from Murihiku, Gary holds a degree in economics from Victoria University.

Monthly Economic Update

Check out our latest Auckland Economic Update for a monthly snapshot of economic activity including real GDP growth, retail sales growth, real weekly rent, consumer spending, confidence indicators and more.

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