Lauren Retief

Senior Economist

Lauren is a Senior Economist with over 7 years of economic consulting experience at the Centre for International Economics. She has worked across most sectors of the Australian economy, covering health, natural resource management, agriculture, infrastructure and transport, mining and gas, construction, and regulatory economics.

Some highlights from Lauren’s recent project experience includes:

  • the economic analysis of the Mount Isa to Tennant Creek Railway, focusing on the economic potential of the railway, with and without reforms to expand the type and depth of economic activity (‘value capture’) across the rail corridor. This identified strategies to reduce a range of risks to operating in this region
  • facilitation of senior management in the identification of options for the management of a major forestry resource in New South Wales
  • as the lead analyst and co-author of Australia’s review of spectrum on maximising market involvement in spectrum, prepared for the Department of Communications
  • a statutory review following the implementation of legislative changes to workers’ compensation in NSW, prepared for the NSW Office of Finance and Services
  • a detailed regional profile of NSW mining sector for the NSW Minerals Taskforce
  • an assessment of the public policy options and strategies to renew investment in long rotation plantations, for Forest and Wood Products Australia
  • developing a strategy to underpin both the Australian Government’s National Food Plan and the National Farmers’ Federation blueprint for agriculture
  • a review of the value-for-money proposition of the RFDS primary health care services to rural and remote Australia
  • advising the ACT Government on several budgets with regard to their impact, risks, robustness, and specific lines of enquiry.

Other than her industry-specific knowledge, Lauren’s transferable skills include:

  • benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, including non-traditional analysis of non-market values
  • industry evaluations and strategy
  • quantitative techniques including forecasting, financial and economic modelling
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Lauren holds a dual degree, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts with majors in International Relations and Spanish, from the University of Queensland.

Lauren is located in the CIE’s Brisbane office at New Farm.

Lauren Retief