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Nov 2017
Completed
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...

17 Sep 2015
Completed
Auckland’s economic success important for New Zealand New Zealand’s economic future hinges, to a large extent, on Auckland’s economic success. For Auckland to reach its full potential it needs a highly skilled workforce who can confidently manage their own career pathways. The partners in...

Aug 2015
Completed
The Canterbury Wellbeing Index tracks the progress of the social recovery, using indicators to provide information on the impacts of the earthquakes on wellbeing and to identify emerging social trends and issues. It helps CERA and partner agencies make decisions about the most efficient way to target funds and resources. It also...

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...

Jun 2015
Completed
International comparisons suggest that, although the New Zealand public sector invests considerable resources into scientific research, New Zealand firms are not particularly effective at generating applied knowledge and even less so at turning it into commercial products. However, these findings are based on aggregate data and...

May 2015
Completed
This paper uses a cohort approach to examine firm dynamics and employment growth in New Zealand. Consistent with overseas evidence, we find a large degree of churn in the economy, with many new, mostly small, firms being created each year. Many of these firms disappear relatively quickly, but those that manage to survive...

Apr 2015
Ongoing
The Commission has been asked to look at ways to improve how government agencies commission and purchase social services. This will include how agencies identify the needs of people who use the services, how they choose organisations to provide the services, and how the contracts between agencies and organisations work. 

Apr 2015
Completed
Using the International Growth Fund (IGF) to assist high-growth firms to internationalise was one of the actions identified by the government’s Business Growth Agenda as contributing to the high-level initiative of helping businesses internationalise and the goal of increasing the ratio of exports to GDP to 40 per cent by 2025....

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