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Eilya Torshizian

Director

Eilya is the Director of Principal Economics. Eilya brings to the projects a unique combination of knowledge, experience, strong leadership and management skills. Eilya is experienced in managing large teams of applied researchers and has led a wide range of high-profile infrastructure projects in New Zealand.

Before founding Principal Economics Eilya was a Principal Economist and the Head of Quantitative Analysis Team at New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER). Prior to that, when Auckland was in the middle of its recent housing crisis, Eilya was at the Chief Economist Unit of Auckland Council. Before that Eilya was lecturing at the University of Auckland. Before that Eilya was the CE of a mineral water manufacturing and was a partner at a holding company active in urban planning and construction, Information Technology and economic advice.

Memberships

  • Member, Institute of Directors.
  • Member, Regional Science Association Institute.
  • Member, Western Economic Association International.
  • Member, Resilient Urban Futures’ infrastructure research team.
  • Member, New Zealand Association of Economists.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Economic Psychology.

Recent publications

  • Principal Economics, 2023. Economic and behavioural policy levers for reducing transport GHG emission. Work in progress.
  • Principal Economics, 2022. The cost of infrastructure decision delays. Work in progress.
  • Principal Economics, 2022. The factors of electricity demand and the impact of economic trends.
  • Principal Economics, 2022. Adaptive decision making in climate and implications for transport investment decisions.
  • Principal Economics, 2022. The economic impact of build-to-rent.
  • Principal Economics 2022. Incorporating distributional Impacts in the cost-benefit appraisal framework. Research report for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Authority.
  • Principal Economics 2022. Review of housing and business development assessments. Ministry for the Environment.
  • Resource Economics, Principal Economics, Sapere 2021. Reforms to the Resource Management System: an analysis of expected impacts on Māori, the housing market and the natural environment.
  • Principal Economics, 2021. The cost escalation factors for a range of commodities – for a submission to Commerce Commission.
  • Principal Economics 2021. Drivers of house price growth in New Zealand over the last 50 years.
  • Torshizian, E. 2021. Social Cost Benefit Framework for MSD interventions. Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
  • Torshizian, E. Isack, E. 2020. Fair fare for public transport. Auckland Transport.
  • Torshizian, E. 2020. Impact of COVID-19 on real price indices. Chorus.
  • Torshizian, E., & Grimes, A. 2020. Household Crowding Measures: A Comparison and External Test of Validity. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-27. August 2020.
  • Torshizian, E. Maralani, M. Isack, E. 2020. Economic impact of research and development in the wine sector. Bragato Research Institute. May 2020.
  • Torshizian, E. Maralani, M. Isack, E. Krieble, T. 2020. Economic impact of Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) investments in Māori economic development. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). April 2020.
  • Torshizian, E. Leung, C. Maralani, M. Isack, E. Economic impact of Uber Eats. Uber. April 2020.
  • Torshizian, E. Real Price Effects for Chorus fibre network. Chorus. February 2020.
  • Torshizian, E. Shaping Future of Dunedin Transport Business Case PBC, Economic case. NZ Transport Agency.
  • Torshizian, E. Meade, R. Wilson, P. 2019. Estimating Demand for Competition Analysis, a statistical exploration, and some possible applications. Productivity Hub.
  • Torshizian, E. 2019. Fiscal, Economic and Wellbeing Effects of Regeneration Activities in Tāmaki, Auckland. Tāmaki Regeneration Company.
  • Torshizian, E. & Milad Maralani. 2019. Business confidence, news, cyclical turning points and economic growth. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Wellington, July. Available here.
  • Maralani, M. & Eilya Torshizian. 2019. The Impact of US withdrawal from WTO on the New Zealand economy. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Wellington, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2018. Economic Impact of Economic World Trade Platform in New Zealand.
  • Torshizian, 2018. Impact of urban expansions on relative land prices. Presented to NZ Association of Economists, Auckland.
  • Torshizian, 2017. Household Expenditure Benchmarks. Presented to Australia RFI members.
  • Morrison, P. & Eilya Torshizian. 2017. Housing involution: demographics and the compact city. NZIER’s working paper 12824.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Richard Meade. 2017. Firm-level understanding of competition in New Zealand. NZIER’s working paper.
  • Stroombergen, A., Bealing, M., Torshizian, E., Poot, J. 2017. Impacts of Socio-Demographic Changes on the New Zealand Land Transport System. NZ Transport Agency.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Jit Cheung. 2017. Impact of maternal alcohol use and smoking on early childhood development outcomes. NZIER’s working paper 12887.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & John Ballingall. 2017. The cost of NTMs for four Australian commodities.
  • Torshizian, E. 2017. Cost of Non Tariff Measures for primary sector exports.
  • Torshizian, 2017. Preferred approach for the assessment of NTMs for four Australian commodities.
  • Ballingall, John & Eilya Torshizian. 2017. Estimating the costs of Non-Tariff Measures.
  • Morrison, P. & Eilya Torshizian. 2017. Demographics and the compact city. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Wellington, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2017. Effects of Crowding, Density and Deprivation on Residential Satisfaction. PhD thesis. University of Auckland. http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32620.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2016. A Positive Expected Future Rent or A Negative Supply Effect? A Study of Auckland’s MUL Expansion. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Auckland, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2016. The impact of Future Urban Zone announcements on Prices. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Auckland, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2016. Affordability Decompositions for Auckland. Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Auckland, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2016. Towards a Better Rating Method. mimeo.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2015. Are We Limiting Regional Development by Requiring Planning Permissions?, Presented to North American Regional Science Council conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, November.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Arthur Grimes. 2014. Negative Envy or Positive Amenity Effects? A Neighbourhood Study of Aucklanders’ Residential Satisfaction, Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2014, London.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Arthur Grimes. 2014. Residential Satisfaction, Crowding and Density: Evidence over Different Geographic Scales in Auckland, Presented to NZ Association of Economists conference, Auckland, July.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Arthur Grimes. 2013. Is residential satisfaction a matter of perceptions?, Presented to Resilient Urban Futures, The university of Otago.
  • Torshizian, Eilya & Arthur Grimes. 2013. A better understanding of household crowding in Auckland, Presented to SHORE’s PhD workshop, Massey university, November.
  • Torshizian, Eilya. 2013. New Zealand’s Defense News Shocks, 1930-2012: Estimates Based on News Sources. mimeo.