Our research centre

We support an evidence-based approach to policy-making by undertaking research projects that translate advanced economic methods into practical advice.

Building an evidence base

Our research has practical implications for how governments, households and businesses make decisions. We apply cutting-edge empirical techniques to real-world data to build an evidence base that supports decision-makers in the public and private sectors.

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Translating research into policy advice

Our members regularly advise and discuss economic research with public sector entities at home and abroad, including:

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The New Zealand Treasury
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry for Seniors
  • Ministry for Women
  • Auckland Council
  • City of Victoria
  • Office of the Retirement Commissioner
  • Office of the Children's Commissioner
  • Inland Revenue

Interdisciplinary collaboration

Our projects frequently extend beyond the realm of economics. We collaborate with research centres throughout the University, including:

Founding of the Centre

The Economic Policy Centre was created by the merging of the Centre for Applied Research in Economics with the Retirement Policy and Research Centre (RPRC) in 2022. The centre incorporates the RPRC as its Pensions and Intergenerational Equity research hub.