Research

Explaining ethnic disparities in bachelor’s qualifications: participation, retention and completion in New Zealand

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Gail Pacheco, Lisa Meehan and Zoe Pushon
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Mon, 20/02/2017
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I21, I24

There are substantial ethnic gaps in higher education in NZ, despite more than a decade of considerable policy effort aimed at this concern. This study uses newly linked administrative data to examine the underachievement of Māori and Pasifika relative to Europeans. We follow a population cohort born between 1990 and 1994 from school through to young adulthood to assess the relative contributions of prior academic performance, socioeconomic status and parental education to these gaps.

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Research shows clear ethnic differences

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Pacheco, Meehan and Pushon
Date: 
Mon, 20/02/2017

The Productivity Commission and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have published joint research that shows significant ethnic differences in enrolment, progression and completion in bachelor’s level study in New Zealand 

The Productivity Commission and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) have published joint research that looks at the factors associated with undertaking bachelor’s degree study in New Zealand.

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The servicification of trade

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Shanella Rajanayagam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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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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Guanyu Zheng
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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

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Research paper 2016/1
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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.

Presentation to the Petersen Institute

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Monday, July 11, 2016
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Petersen Institute, Washington
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Diagnosing weak productivity growth: prescriptions from the New Zealand Productivity Commission

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Monday, July 4, 2016
Location: 
OECD, Paris, France

Global Forum on Productivity Seminar
Paul Conway | Director – Economics & Research
New Zealand Productivity Commission

  

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New Zealand Association of Economics conference

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Date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Location: 
Auckland University of Technology, Auckland

Commission staff will be speaking on topics including:

• The economics of social services
• Public sector productivity and quality changes
• Misallocation and productivity in New Zealand
• Geographic proximity and productivity convergence across New Zealand firms
• The private returns to innovation for New Zealand firms
• The impact of R&D grants on performance of New Zealand firms

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Subjective wellbeing in New Zealand: Some recent evidence

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Working paper
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RN 2016/3
Author: 
Kevin Jia and Conal Smith
Publication date: 
Mon, 09/05/2016
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I31: General welfare, Basic needs, Living standards, Quality of life, Happiness

This paper analyses a range of factors associated with the subjective wellbeing of New Zealanders. It provides international comparisons based on the Better Life Index developed by the OECD. In addition it draws on data from three waves of the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS).

The OECD Better Life Index shows that New Zealand compares favourably with the average for the OECD countries in all aspects of wellbeing except income and work-life balance. Health, education and the environment are factors that New Zealanders assess as important for overall wellbeing.

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Energy Management Association conference

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Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Location: 
Auckland

The theme of the conference is Energy Productivity and Partnerships. Paul Conway will provide a broader NZ specific context to the productivity discussions.

Why is NZ’s overall productivity so difficult to lift and what will help?

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