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5 Jun 2014
Shift-share analysis decomposes aggregate labour productivity growth into a contribution from within-industry productivity growth and a contribution from employment movements across industries with differing labour productivity levels.  Because the role that structural change plays in productivity growth differs with the level of a country’s economic development, this paper focuses on New...
5 Jun 2014
This paper investigates the proximity of firms to their customers to assess the extent to which different industries trade their output over distance within New Zealand. At the sector level, the output of the primary sector is traded across distance to the largest extent, followed by the goods-producing sector and then the services sector. However, these broad results mask considerable variation...
Jun 2014
The Productivity Commission was asked to develop guidance on how to improve the design of new regulatory regimes and make system-wide recommendations to improve the operation of existing regimes in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to improve the performance of our regulatory system, leading to more effective regulation.
Jun 2014
This research note draws together information on New Zealand’s international trade in services and was prepared as background information for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into ‘Boosting productivity in the services sector’. Services account for an increasing share of international trade.  Like goods trade, services trade can increase productivity through greater specialisation,...
6 May 2014
The World Bank‟s International Comparison Program (ICP) 2005 data on national price levels for tradables and non-tradables (and goods compared to services) reveals that New Zealand has relatively high prices of both tradables and non-tradables when compared to a sample of over 40 OECD-Eurostat countries. This paper seeks to explain both those observed international variations in non-tradables and...
May 2014
The Productivity Commission was asked by the Government to build a better understanding of the services sector and find ways to lift its productivity. The final report follows an issues paper and two interim reports. The Commission considered 56 submissions, met with over 60 interested parties, and surveyed 1 526 businesses. The inquiry examined in depth two topics critical to lifting...
Apr 2014
New Zealand’s broad policy settings should generate GDP per capita 20% above the OECD average, but it is actually over 20% below average. Closing this gap would dramatically lift incomes and wellbeing for New Zealanders. The country has good resources – investment in physical capital and average years of schooling are broadly consistent with other countries. Employment of low-skilled workers...
Mar 2014
This paper analyses the latest (2005) data available from the World Bank’s International Comparison Program (ICP). It assesses the extent to which the prices of goods and services in New Zealand (NZ) differ from those observed in other OECD countries, and Australia in particular. The main objective is to answer the question: “Are the prices of specific goods and services especially high or low...
Dec 2013
This working paper analyses productivity performance at an industry level across New Zealand and Australia. It looks at average labour productivity and multi-factor productivity across 24 market industries. This report provides useful information on the specific industry areas in which New Zealand underperforms from a productivity perspective and is an important input into work on the...
Sep 2013
This Commission Research Paper provides an assessment of New Zealand’s productivity performance for the whole economy, for individual industries and compared to other OECD countries. The research shows that New Zealand has generally poor productivity performance – both at the economy-wide and industry levels. This underscores the need for our policy environment to be...

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