The Economy with Infometrics
Join us for our first luncheon back with Senior Economist Brad Olsen and Senior Economist Alistair Schorn from Infometrics.
New Zealand’s economy is rapidly adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. This adjustment will see New Zealand’s economy shrink and rebuild as we establish a ‘new’ normal. In the short-term, the economic outlook remains uncertain, with job and earnings losses still mounting, but a swift return to more normal levels of day-to-day activity. Over the medium-term, New Zealand’s economic structure is set to change, with a shift in how we do work, where we work from, and who we interact with.
Infometrics Senior Economist Brad Olsen will outline Infometrics’ economic outlook and what some of these changes will mean for New Zealand. Senior Economist Alistair Schorn will then discuss how our outlook, and these changes, could influence Marlborough’s economic path.
Brad is a Senior Economist at Infometrics and a leading economic commentator across New Zealand who focuses on getting useful information to businesses, decision makers, and the public. At present, he is focused on the economic effects of COVID-19 and the reimagination of the New Zealand economy, as jobs are lost, business practices change, and a “new” normal emerges. Brad has risen to be one of New Zealand’s more prominent (and youngest) economic commentators, regularly featuring across TV, radio, print, and online discussing current economic conditions and future expectations.
Alistair is the most recent addition to the Infometrics team. Over the course of a 20-year career, his focus has primarily been on international and sustainability economics. His career spans the South African National Department of Trade and Industry (an environment similar to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), a three-year diplomatic posting as Trade Commissioner in the South African High Commission in India, and several years as an environmental economics programme manager at WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Before moving to Infometrics at the beginning of 2020, Alistair was the Economic Development Advisor at Marlborough District Council.