Productivity Hub

A Note on Construction Worker Migration to New Zealand 1962-2018

Publication type: 
Research paper
Author: 
Andrew Coleman; Özer Karagedikli
Publication date: 
Wed, 14/11/2018

This paper constructs a long time series of permanent and long-term arrivals and departures of construction workers to and from New Zealand between 1962 and 2018. It briefly describes the data and the sources, then discusses key observations in the data.

Getting under the hood: Insights from Recent Firm-level Productivity Research in New Zealand

Publication type: 
Research paper
Author: 
Productivity Commission, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Statistics New Zealand, and the Treasury.
Publication date: 
Thu, 05/07/2018
JEL Codes: 
D2; J2; J3; J6

This note summarises insights from recent research on New Zealand's productivity performance using firm-level data. Coverage is largely limited to research completed since 2013 and that uses the Longitudinal Business Database, although a small number of older studies or studies that use different data are included where they help illustrate important findings. The structure is as follows:

Towards a new pensions settlement

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Thu, 03/05/2018

In a world of ageing populations, and in the midst of a global shift from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions, the onus is increasingly on individuals rather than employers to bear the risks of retirement provision.

Towards a new pensions settlementA new book 'Towards a new pensions settlement' has been published which weighs the experiences of eight nations across the Americas, Asia and Europe, who have in common early adoption of defined contribution pensions, but very different experience

Productivity improvements needed for higher wages

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Paul Conway
Date: 
Thu, 22/03/2018

report released today by the Productivity Commission shows that when productivity goes up wages tend to follow.

The growth of labour productivity and wages has slowed. Between 1996 and 2000 the average amount produced from one hour of work in the private sector (labour productivity) grew by 2.62% a year and real wages grew by 2.17%.

The Labour Income Share in New Zealand: An Update

Publication type: 
Research paper
Number: 
2018/1
Author: 
Huon Fraser
Publication date: 
Tue, 20/03/2018

Earlier work by the New Zealand Productivity Commission investigated changes in the labour income share across the “former measured sector” part of the New Zealand economy between 1978 and 2010. This paper updates this earlier work by including additional data points for 2011-2016 and by increasing the scope of coverage to more industries in the economy.

Doing something differently to lift productivity

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Author/Presenter: 
Fujiko Kato
Date: 
Thu, 15/03/2018

It is widely known that New Zealand has had a disappointing productivity performance

To consider whether “technological change” could help turn this around the Productivity Hub recently held a major conference in Wellington.

Work smarter, not harder: Productivity Week 2018

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Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018 to Thursday, March 29, 2018
Location: 
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout Street, Wellington

The last week of March is a short week, where businesses across New Zealand will be trying to get more done in less time. Easier said than done. World-leading experts from the soon-to-launch New Zealand Business Performance Panel agree that using the best management practices is a great way businesses can work smarter, not harder. They’ve been working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to help create easy-to-use, free resources to help Kiwi businesses get more done in less time.

Absorptive Capacity in NZ Firms: measurement and importance

Publication type: 
Working paper
Number: 
18-01
Author: 
Richard Harris and Trinh Le
Publication date: 
Thu, 22/02/2018

Business productivity has been a key concern for central government for some time in New Zealand. There are two common strategies used to improve firm productivity, the first is to improve economic conditions that influence the business environment, while the second works at a more individual organisation level.

59th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018
Location: 
Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT, Auckland

The Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association of Economists will run from 27-29 June at AUT, Auckland.

We are excited to share our research. The Productivity Commission will deliver the following six presentations:

Residential construction and population growth in New Zealand: 1996-2016

Publication type: 
Research paper
Author: 
Andrew Coleman and Özer Karagedikli
Publication date: 
Mon, 01/01/2018

Between 1996 and 2016 Auckland’s population increased by 499,000, or by slightly more than the increase in the rest of New Zealand. Yet only half the number of building permits were issued in Auckland as in the rest of the country. To understand this difference, this paper uses regional data to investigate how population growth affects residential construction.