The Productivity Commission has entered into a multi-year research partnership with Motu Economic and Public Policy Research to extend the use of Statistics NZ's Longitudinal Business Database (LBD).


Low investment in capital and inefficient use of both capital and labour contribute to the productivity shortfall in New Zealand industries compared to their Australian counterparts.


A version of this article appeared in Inside Tourism on 17 December. It is republished here with permission.


The Productivity Commission welcomes Daiman Smith as the new General Manager.


The Treasury are seeking suggestions for potential inquiry topics for the Productivity Commission in 2014.


Paul Conway, Director, Economics and Research, gives an overview of why productivity is important for New Zealand and how New Zealand is performing compared to other countries.


Congratulations to Athene Laws, a part-time research assistant in our Economics and Research team at the Productivity Commission, for being awarded the Sir Frank Holmes Prize for 2013.


Our Annual Report for 2012/13 provides a report card on our performance during the year. The report includes a summary of our performance evaluation results and the Government's response on recent inquiries.


Welcome to the Productivity Commission's October 2013 Update, including items on both our Regulatory and Services Sector inquiries, and a new Research Paper on NZ's productivity performance.


This is a condensed version of an article that appears in the October 2013 Public Sector journal. For the full article please contact: