Under the leadership of Andrew Whiteford and Gareth Kiernan, Infometrics brings together a wide range of skills and research interests, and a detailed understanding of the economic issues at work in New Zealand. We take pride in our independent, impartial and unequivocal approach, and look forward to further challenging mind-sets over the coming years.
Infometrics was founded in 1983 by Gareth Morgan and Andrew Gawith. One of their early commercial ventures was a twice weekly racing form guide called “Bettor Informed”. Rather than forecasting the economy, this publication predicted the winners of horse races, with some success. Eventually Bettor Informed was sold to Independent Newspapers Ltd, and Infometrics concentrated on forecasting the economy instead.
Infometrics quickly became one of New Zealand’s leading independent economics consultancy and forecasting businesses. Macroeconomic forecasting is still one of the core areas of expertise, but Infometrics has expanded and diversified into industry-specific forecasts, regional economic forecasts and analysis, and specialised consulting work.
For over 30 years Infometrics has analysed and commented on the New Zealand economy. Founded at a time when the Labour Government was embarking on an agenda of economic deregulation, Infometrics has borne witness to the share market collapse and global recession, the strong growth of the 1990s, the Asian crisis, the housing boom of the noughties, the Global Financial Crisis, and most recently the changes in New Zealand’s demographic composition, the Canterbury rebuild and Auckland’s booming housing market.
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