Productivity Hub

The servicification of trade

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Research paper
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Shanella Rajanayagam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Publication date: 
Fri, 16/12/2016
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Services play an important and growing role in international trade. They are an important export earner for New Zealand – representing 29% of our total exports on a gross basis. Today, however, services are not only traded across borders on their own but are also combined with goods exports (ie, embedded services) and are critical inputs in the production process of exported goods (i.e. embodied services). When the contribution of embodied services to New Zealand’s exports is considered, the share of services in New Zealand’s exports rises substantially to 57% – above the OECD average.

Geographic proximity and productivity convergence across New Zealand firms

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Working paper
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Guanyu Zheng
Publication date: 
Fri, 16/12/2016
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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.

Achieving New Zealand's productivity potential

Publication type: 
Research paper
Number: 
Research paper 2016/1
Author: 
Paul Conway
Publication date: 
Mon, 28/11/2016

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 and policy-relevant account than has been possible previously.

This paper presents a detailed analysis of the issues while a shorter and more accessible version is available in the Overview.

Blog: Benefiting from innovation - what’s the secret sauce?

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Mon, 18/04/2016

Paul Conway, Director, Economics and Research

Every day newspapers bring us stories of exciting new technologies: self-driving cars, universal programmable robots, data-driven expert systems, and the Internet of Things. These technologies are no longer just the subject of science fiction. Just the other day a car drove autonomously over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. But how well is New Zealand positioned to benefit from these technologies?

Productivity Symposium transcript

Publication type: 
Research paper
Publication date: 
Mon, 18/04/2016

On 1 December 2015, the Productivity Hub hosted a major symposium on innovation and productivity with keynote speeches by leading international and domestic experts. It showcased the analysis of firm innovation being undertaken using the Longitudinal Business Dataset and the ways in which economic research can help inform policy choices.

A rough guide to New Zealand’s Longitudinal Business Database

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Location: 
New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace

Time: 14.00 - 15.00

RSVP: patrick.nolan@productivity.govt.nz

Dr Lynda Sanderson, Senior Analyst, New Zealand Treasury

New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database is a rich resource for understanding the behaviour of New Zealand firms. However, the richness and complexity of the data can be challenging for new users.

Going Places - Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: 
Level 2 Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD

GEN and AUCKLAND COUNCIL  SEMINAR

Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm

Following the launch of the book, “Going Places – Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand” authors Julie Fry and Hayden Glass will be hosted by Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) and Chief Economist Unit for a presentation and discussion on what migration could mean for Auckland.
 
Migration and the movement of people is one of the critical issues confronting the world’s nations in the twenty-first-century.

GEN Event: R&D expenditure and innovation by Kiwi firms

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Date: 
Monday, June 29, 2015
Location: 
MBIE, 15 Stout St, Wellington

Time:      4pm-5pm
RSVP:     info@gen.org.nz

A Government Economics Network event.

Speakers: Adam Jaffe (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research) and Simon Wakeman (New Zealand Productivity Commission)

Productivity Hub: Organisational skills for productivity improvement in New Zealand's small to medium enterprises

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Location: 
New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace

Time:  3.00 - 4.00

Owen Harvey will lead a Productivity Hub Roundtable on “Organisational skills for productivity improvement in New Zealand's small to medium enterprises.”

Productivity Hub: Governing for the future: Assessing the constitutional, institutional and policy options to protect the interests of future generations

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Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Location: 
New Zealand Productivity Commission, Level 15, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace

Time: 15.00 – 16.30

RSVP: hubsecretariat@productivity.govt.nz

Professor Jonathan Boston, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington