Kevin Counsell

Senior Consultant


Tel: +64 4 819 2551
Fax: +64 4 819 2552

Email: kevin.counsell@nera.com
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MCA in economics, with Distinction; Victoria University of Wellington
BCA in economics, with Honours (First Class), Victoria University of Wellington
BSc in mathematics, Victoria University of Wellington


Mr. Counsell is a Senior Consultant in NERA's Wellington office. He has worked as a professional economist for more than 15 years, with over 10 years of experience providing expert economic advice in environmental, competition, and regulatory matters in New Zealand and Australia.  He has prepared expert reports in numerous regulatory and litigation proceedings, and advised businesses, law firms, regulators, and government agencies across a host of industries, including agriculture, forestry, electricity, banking, and telecommunications.

Mr. Counsell has particular expertise working with large and complex datasets to analyse and address real-world problems. He has applied economic models, econometric approaches, and mathematical tools to predict the economic effects of mergers, estimate damages, calculate wholesale access prices, and analyze the competitive effects of vertical industry arrangements. He also has experience performing cost-benefit analysis in a variety of settings, including in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory interventions, and environmental decisions.

His work in environmental economics includes assessing the economic effects of commercial decisions affecting the environment, particularly in relation to resource consent and planning disputes under the Resource Management Act, and analysing economic instruments in water allocation as part of water trading and pricing regimes.  Mr. Counsell has also provided expert economic evidence before a hearings panel in an environmental matter involving an assessment of economic benefits in the aquaculture industry.

Mr. Counsell has substantial experience analysing the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as in cases involving allegations of anti-competitive contracts, foreclosure, and price fixing.  He has experience working with both network utilities and government regulators in regulatory price setting determinations.

Prior to joining NERA, Mr. Counsell worked for another international economics consultancy. He has worked on secondment with the New Zealand Commerce Commission in 2007, 2014 and 2015, and with Telecom New Zealand in 2010.

Title Type Author
Resource Management System Review: Submission on the Issues and Options Paper Regulatory Filing By Kevin Counsell
NERA Letter to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Memo Kevin Counsell, Prof. Lewis Evans, James Mellsop
Privacy Versus Views: A Law and Economics Approach to Balancing Conflicting Urban Val... Published Article By Kevin Counsell
Using Price Signals to Better Manage Water Use Published Article By Kevin Counsell
Can’t Get No Satisfaction? Measuring Economic Wellbeing Under the RMA Published Article By Kevin Counsell
Quantifying Benefits and Costs under the Resource Management Act: Lessons from Commer... Working Paper By James Mellsop and Kevin Counsell
A Cross-Sector and Cross-Country Review of Approaches to Transitioning to Markets Report By Daniel Radov and Kevin Counsell, et. al.
Objective RMA Decision-Making: Cost Benefit Analysis as an Economic and Practical Fra... Published Article By Kevin Counsell, Dr. Lewis Evans, and James Mellsop
An Assessment of the DIRA Triggers Report By James Mellsop, Kevin Counsell, and Will Taylor
The Impact of the Zespri Kiwifruit Export Monopoly on Innovation Incentives Report By James Mellsop, Dr. Lewis Evans, Kevin Counsell, and Will Taylor