Lauren Retief

Senior Economist

Lauren has six years of experience in providing economic analysis and policy advice for private and public sector clients. She joined the CIE in 2009 and has worked across a broad range of issues and sectors including forestry, health, mining, horticulture, water, gas, livestock, construction, taxation, transport, and research and development.

Her recent high-profile work includes:

  • the completion of a statutory review of the NSW 2012 legislative amendments to workers’ compensation legislation for the NSW Office of Finance and Servicess
  • an assessment of the economic ‘case’ for renewed plantation investment and later an appraisal of a range of public policy options and strategies, for Forest and Wood Products Australia
  • an evaluation of the quantum and efficiency of taxation applied to the residential construction industry, for the Housing Industry Association
  • a cost-effectiveness assessment of several recommendations in the draft Clinical Practice Guidelines for Antenatal Care for the Department of Health and Ageing and advising on the policy implications of the analysis
  • a review of the value-for-money proposition of the RFDS primary health care services to rural and remote Australia.
Lauren Retief

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

  • benefit-cost analysis, including non-traditional analysis of non-market values
  • evaluation of public policy, including Regulation Impact Statements, through ex-ante and ex-post analysis
  • industry evaluations and strategy
  • quantitative techniques including forecasting, financial and economic modelling
  • written and verbal communication of ideas and findings.

Lauren holds a dual degree, Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts with majors in International Relations and Spanish, from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining the CIE, Lauren undertook a graduate program at the Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

Lauren can be contacted at our Canberra office.