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.
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.
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.
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.
Shanella Rajanayagam, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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.
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 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.