A New Zealand Perspective
Speech to ANZSOG Annual Conference, Canberra


Paul Conway, Director of Economics and Research appeared on PRIME TV’s “Back Benches” show to talk about whether a 4-day working week would be good for productivity.


A version of this opinion piece was originally published in the NBR.


New Zealand regulators often have to work with out-of-date legislation, quality checks are under strain, and regulatory workers need better training and development.


The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to investigate ways to improve the delivery of public services in New Zealand.


What is very big, diverse and full of promise - but underperforming? No, we’re not referring to the Auckland Blues. Rather, it is New Zealand’s services sector – representing around 70% of New Zealand’s GDP, deeply intertwined with our primary and manufacturing industries and, like the Blues, full of individual stars, but collectively off the pace in terms of meeting its performance potential.


The UK came out of recession with more people in work, producing less than in 2008. On the other side of the world, New Zealand also has stagnating productivity. But nobody’s quite sure why. So are fears of a global low-growth trap justified?


Patrick Nolan gives an overview of current and proposed research work on understanding and improving New Zealand’s productivity performance.