We provide independent expertise and advice.

For over 50 years our economists have been helping clients analyse market, regulatory, social, and environmental trends to enable them to make informed and strategic decisions.

Areas we work in

What we do

Policy and evaluation

Our public policy experts advise on policy design and the evaluation of cost-effectiveness.

Key contacts

John Ballingall

Deputy Chief Executive

john.ballingall[at]nzier [dot] org [dot] nz

Derek Gill

Principal Economist & Head of Public Good

derek.gill[at]nzier [dot] org [dot] nz

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Latest publications

  • A learning system for evidence informed social policy - NZIER Insight 64

    27 October 2016

    By Gail Kelly

    Effective social policy and service delivery requires a learning system. Imagine if…New Zealand had an effective learning system to generate and capture evidence to inform spending decisions for social policy. A good learning system will include evidence about ‘doing the right things’ as well as ‘doing things right’. In this Insight we discuss three promising practices that New Zealand could adopt.


  • Improving local government needs better policy advice - NZIER Insight 62

    16 September 2016

    By John Ballingall and Cathy Scott

    Local government regulatory activities have an important effect on local and regional economic growth and, ultimately, national economic growth and community wellbeing. This places a premium on local government organisations having high quality policy advice and decision-making processes in place. High quality policy advice, which supports good regulatory design and implementation and sound investment decisions, is critical to improving performance.