A senior policy professional with strong macro-economic and financial expertise, Harrison has the specialist skillset needed to credibly assess the economic and financial impact of different policy options
Harrison’s strong background in macro-economic and financial policy makes him invaluable as a policy professional, as he’s able to apply that expertise to assessing options in any policy field.
Before he joined us in 2022, Harrison was a Senior Analyst at the Treasury, where his work covered fiscal policy, monetary policy reform, legislative reform, financial policy and regulation, macro-economic forecasting, and wellbeing analysis.
With a personable, collaborative style, he knows how to navigate the often complex relationships involved with government policy projects and to bring the different actors together.
Examples of Harrison’s work
He established the project team and the approach to produce the Treasury’s first Wellbeing Report, which detailed past, present, and future trends in and drivers of wellbeing in Aotearoa.
As part of the review of the Reserve Bank Act, Harrison worked in a joint Treasury/Reserve Bank team leading policy advice and financial modelling to establish a deposit insurance scheme in New Zealand. He also led the regulatory impact analysis for the deposit insurance scheme.
He led in producing economics forecasts for the Treasury’s Economic and Fiscal Updates.
He developed models to assess the sustainability of government finances and the impact of government spending on inflation.
At Treasury Harrison also advised on fiscal targets.
Harrison has a BCom (First Class Hons) in Economics and Commercial Law, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Auckland.