Industrial Analysis

l take the role of an expert economist, employed by a government
department or regulatory authority. Decision-makers in government rely on the advice of
experts, like you, when formulating policy or discharging their statutory responsibilities. An
expert economist’s role in the government decision-making process is two-fold:
• Analysis: Experts are responsible for analysing alternatives, using the specialised
knowledge and skills of their discipline. In this analysis, experts evaluate the alternatives against the government’s objectives and statutory obligations.
• Communication: Experts must communicate their findings to the decision-makers in
government—ministers and senior public servants—who, in many instances, do not
share the experts’ specialised knowledge.