After graduating from the University of Auckland with a masters degree in economics I worked in transfer pricing at a major accounting firm. I learned a great deal there but, after three years, I missed working with the economic theories and concepts that I had spent so much time learning about at university. I spent nine months travelling throughout Indonesia, Central America and Africa before it was well and truly time to get back to economics.
I was lucky enough to have a few friends that worked with the economists at HoustonKemp, and so I was aware of the breadth of real world problems on which microeconomics can shed light. I have worked on a number of projects that have affected people’s everyday lives and were covered in the media. My involvement on projects ranges from quantitative modelling to report writing and meeting clients. Each project invariably involves brain-storming ideas and thought-provoking white-board sessions with colleagues.
A lot of people talk about the collegiate atmosphere in their workplace, but what sets HoustonKemp apart is that an open and collegiate atmosphere is fundamental to our success. Many of the problems that we work on are so unique that the application of economics in that context is untested, and so an atmosphere where even our most junior economists are comfortable providing different perspectives and out-of-the-box ideas is essential. Ultimately, this means that we are lucky enough to work in a relaxed environment with a talented group of economists on some of the most challenging problems of the day.