Economic analysis can clarify even the most intractable issues, to inform better decisions. Here we bring the best that economics has to offer without bias: setting out what is and isn’t known, and what needs to be considered when there is no consensus.

Kirsten Edwards-Warren


Kirsten Edwards-Warren | Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of Compass Lexecon EMEA

In The Analysis, we consider the complex challenges that businesses and policymakers face, and demonstrate the light that economic analysis can shed on them – albeit partially – to inform better decisions and advance important debates.

In this edition – our third collection of articles – we provide three examples where an appreciation of the underlying economics helps demystify what’s going on: clarifying potential inconsistences in analytic assessments, and understanding the parallels or lack of them in markets that appear similar.


Rigorous analysis can establish the facts: revealing what is true and what is false.

However, analysis rarely removes all ambiguity. It can pose new questions and leave others unanswered. Sometimes ambiguity may be inescapable; in which case, decisions should reflect that. Other times, further discussion and study will clarify matters. We believe that ambiguity requires more thought and analysis, not less.

In The Analysis, we aim to describe the facts on which we should agree and also set out the issues on which reasonable people disagree. As such, the views expressed here are the authors’ only and do not necessarily represent the views of Compass Lexecon, its management, its employees, or its clients. The authors will also state if third parties provided financial support for the analysis described.