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Innovation and the performance of NZ firms

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Thu, 23/11/2017

What did the Commission learn from its research into innovation?

The Commission's Economics and Research team have published two papers based on their research into innovation:

Innovation and the performance of New Zealand firms - Simon Wakeman and Paul Conway

The impact of R&D grants on the performance of New Zealand firms - Simon Wakeman

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Innovation and the performance of New Zealand firms

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Simon Wakeman and Paul Conway
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Thu, 23/11/2017
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O30, O31

This paper looks at the impact of innovation on the performance of New Zealand firms. Results show that innovating firms grew more quickly than non-innovators but did not experience improved productivity outcomes. However, digging into the relationship between innovation and firm performacne reveals that firms in the manufacturing sector improved their productivity performance as a result of innovation. Firms that were younger or had access to international markets also tended to experience highter productivity growth following some types of innovation.

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Cut to the Chase: Innovation and firms performance

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This is a summary of what we have learnt from our research on innovation. It also describes how research can be used to support innovation policy, particularly firm-level interventions aimed at lifting innovation.

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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
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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
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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
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OECD, Paris, France

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

  

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