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Urban Economics

Evidence and analysis to inform decision making


Economics, at its core, is the study of how and why people make decisions. When it comes to how cities and towns operate and how people make their transport choices, economics helps us understand what impact policies are likely to have. MRCagney is well-equipped to deliver projects that help answer questions about how our people, cities, and transport networks will change in response to government policies, initiatives, and infrastructure commitments.

MRCagney has industry leading experts in the fields of transport economics and urban economics – with a focus on the impacts of land-use policy and how incentives shape transport choices. Our team has experience in working with councils big and small, government ministries, Crown entities, and other agencies in Aotearoa and abroad.

Projects that MRCagney have worked on include economic assessments for most of the major sustainably transport projects in the country. We have also undertaken land value modelling to evaluate the impacts of urban planning rules, assessments of the effect of congestion charging on behaviour and emissions, developed pricing models to assess the impacts of changes to public transport fares and parking management processes.

Key areas:

  • Urban economics
  • Transport economics
  • Land-use policy
  • Housing policy
  • Travel choice modelling