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Shane is an economist with 14 years of experience in transport and urban economics in both the United States and New Zealand.
As MRCagney’s Principal Economist, Shane is responsible for leading work on economic analyses and business cases and works closely with the data science team.
Shane has significant experience modelling the impacts of land-use policies on the housing market in New Zealand and how land-use and transport policies work together to shape our cities.
Shane has a PhD in Economics and a long career of working with large, complex datasets using a variety of tools such as SAS, GIS, and R. His most valuable skill is his ability to explain complex modelling in easy-to-understand, everyday language, ensuring that the work can be understood by experts and non-experts alike.
Before coming to MRCagney, Shane worked in the Chief Economist Unit at Auckland Council where he provided economic advice to council staff and elected officials. He has performed research on Auckland’s Rural-Urban Boundary, the intermediate housing market, population movements before and during covid, and reviewed numerous business cases and cost-benefit analyses. Selections of his work have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at various conferences.
Shane was selected as part of Auckland Council’s Talent Programme, has served on a committee of the National Transportation Research Board (US), and was a recipient of the Lerner College of Business’ Excellence in Teaching award.