COVID-19: Economic Insights and Response

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to both the New Zealand and global economies. Where possible, Infometrics is working to provide insights into how the pandemic, and related responses to the pandemic, will change both regional economies and the national outlook. 

Infometrics is also providing specialist insight to businesses and local government leadership to best evaluate the local impacts of the pandemic. 

COVID-19 advice to decision makers

Infometrics is committed to providing the best and most robust economic insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic and responses will effect local areas, and stands ready to provide specialist advice to decision makers about the economic implications of COVID-19 and possible responses to support local economies.

To request additional local insights and support for decision making, please contact Managing Director Andrew Whiteford or Senior Economist Brad Olsen

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Impact of COVID-19 on regional economies

Infometrics is currently preparing a detailed report on the likely economic impact of COVID-19 on regional economies, and is currently updating our views of the macroeconomic conditions and outlook for the New Zealand economy. 

COVID-19 cases chart

This chart, which Infometrics will update daily, tracks the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in selected countries, on a per-million population basis to allow for comparability.

 

COVID-19 articles

Infometrics has published a range of insight pieces on the pandemic, and the economic effects. These articles are listed below:

 

Media coverage of COVID-19

Infometrics has also provided significant evidenced-based insights on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the responses to the pandemic, from an economic viewpoint. During times of uncertainty and crisis, it is important that the business community, and wider society, have access to easily understood and factual analysis.

Senior Economist Brad Olsen is leading Infometrics’ COVID-19 media communications, and is available for comment on +64 21 253 5646 or Brad.Olsen@Infometrics.co.nz.

As economists, we focus on examining the economic effects of policies, and provide advice based on current settings. In doing so, economists should and do stay clear of commenting too broadly on actual pandemic planning and actions, leaving that to health experts who are best placed to provide expert views. For the latest advice from the New Zealand Government, please go to covid19.govt.nz

A range of media stories that Infometrics has provided comments for is available here:

Links to COVID-19 articles in the media