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Nov 2017
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This paper looks at the impact of innovation on the performance of New Zealand firms. Results show that innovating firms grew more quickly than non-innovators but did not experience improved productivity outcomes. However, digging into the relationship between innovation and firm performacne reveals that firms in the...

Oct 2017
Completed
This paper presents the results from an evaluation of the impact of New Zealand Government R&D grants on the performance of New Zealand firms. The analysis uses information on grants and firm performance from 2004 to 2012 available in Statistics New Zealand’s Longitudinal Business Database. Grant recipients are matched...

May 2017
Completed
This research note adopts a public management framework to explore the complexity and challenges of introducing productivity measurement in the social sector. The framework draws on James Q Wilson’s matrix of government tasks (Wilson, 1989) and literature which explores its strengths and limitations (Gregory (1995a) and Gregory...

May 2017
Completed
Statistics New Zealand has estimated that since 1996 increases in outputs of the public sector have largely been associated with increasing labour inputs. In the education sector, for example, the average annual increase in output of 1.0% between 1996 and 2015 was composed of average annual labour input growth of 2.5% while...

16 Dec 2016
Completed
To examine the extent to which to new productivity-enhancing ideas and technologies diffuse within the New Zealand economy, this paper examines the speed with which lagging low-productivity firms converge towards leading high-productivity firms at both the local and national levels. Results show that New Zealand firms have...

28 Nov 2016
Completed
Achieving New Zealand's productivity potential outlines reasons why New Zealand has generally struggled to lift productivity over the last four decades and the broad areas of policy reform that would help in turning that around. It draws on recent research on New Zealand’s productivity and aims to give a more comprehensive...

Nov 2015
Completed
This Cut to the Chase highlights three recent papers that use firm-level data to understand better the productivity of New Zealand firms: "Firm productivity growth and skills" by David Maré, Dean Hyslop and Richard Fabling; "Production function estimation using New Zealand’s Longitudinal Business Database" by...

Oct 2015
Completed
Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (PSKH) are a new kind of school/kura outside the state system. The sponsors of PSKH are accountable to the Crown for raising student achievement through contracts to achieve specified school-level targets. Contracts will be renewed or revoked depending on the sponsor's performance. The most...

Jun 2015
Completed
New Zealand has a poor productivity track record at the level of the aggregate economy and there is little evidence of productivity “catching up” towards that of leading economies. At the same time, there is a very wide distribution of productivity levels among firms within the same industries and it is at least possible that...

Jun 2015
Completed
This paper examines the impact of government assistance through R&D grants on innovation output for firms in New Zealand. Using a large database that links administrative and tax data with survey data, we are able to control for large number of firm characteristics and thus minimise selection bias. We find that receipt...

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