FutureworkNZ blog

BlogA blog by Commission staff to generate ideas and promote debate for our Technological change and the future of work inquiry.

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Tiny home

Is NZ short of equity capital?

11 December 2019 | Dave Heatley

Low business investment is a problem for tech adoption.  Interest rates don’t provide a convincing e...

Tractor

Why aren’t NZ businesses investing?

9 December 2019 | Dave Heatley

Crazily low interest rates but NZ businesses are not investing. Why not?

It’s an important question...

Carl Benedikt Frey

Into the Frey

14 October 2019 | Nik Green

If you’ve read anything about technological change and the future of work – or even if you’ve just G...

Tech and productivity over time

New Zealand, technology and productivity

12 September 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

The first of the Productivity Commission’s reports on technological change and the future of work is...

Sheep

Shocks to the system

11 September 2019 | Nik Green

As a small country that’s far away from most of the world, it’s not surprising that many have worrie...

Bolt and Nut Australia

The nuts and bolts of automation

9 September 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

Many, many things affect whether a firm will adopt a technology, and whether this adoption will be s...

Making digital inclusion ‘go viral’

5 September 2019 | Amelia Sharman

Can you ‘infect’ someone with digital skills? It may sound like an odd question but let me explain…
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Digital inclusion

Digital inclusion: What do we know from people who don’t use...

4 September 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

Forty-five percent of people who don’t use the internet say they have no interest in the internet or...

1932 image

We have better metrics than the labour income share. Let’s u...

28 August 2019 | Dave Heatley

A decline in the labour income share (LIS) is not definitive evidence of capital replacing human lab...

Aviation

From Richard Pearse to the koru club

26 August 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

There’s a long lag between invention and any labour market effects from the mass adoption of technol...

Seed cleaner

Why hang on to old tech?

21 August 2019 | Amelia Sharman

As the opening chords of Country Calendar play, feel-good nostalgia for rural New Zealand washes ove...

Miford Sound by Dave Heatley

Why do the Danes like tech?

31 July 2019 | Judy Kavanagh

Denmark is a lot like us. A small country and with an open economy and lots of fiords and sounds.

Pick a path

Pick a path

13 June 2019 | Dave Heatley

Technology is an irresistible force, emerging from inventors and relentlessly changing the nature of...

Dave Heatley

The mothers of invention

10 June 2019 | Dave Heatley

Necessity is the mother of invention if camping without tent pegs, according to Kinley Salmon in his...

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