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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan


Michael specialises in empirical economics, economic modelling and forecasting.  He has advised clients across a range of sectors, including education, health and economic development.  He has applied his quantitative skills to conducting programme evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, and economic impact assessments. He has previously worked at the New Zealand Treasury.



  • Data analytics
  • Economic and market analysis


  • Economic development
  • Public sector policy and finance
  • State, regional and local government

Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Otago (NZ)
  • PhD from the University of Waikato (NZ)

Recent work highlights include:

  • The economic impact of a rocket industry in New Zealand
  • Evaluation of the Surgical Site Infection Improvement programme
  • The economic value of the take-up of ultra-fast broadband in New Zealand


Case studies

COVID-19 – uncertainty and our economy

This article examines how the uncertainty associated with COVID-19 pandemic might be felt on the New Zealand economy.