Research

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:

Can the kiwi fly? Achieving productivity lift off in New Zealand

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Author: 
Paul Conway
Publication date: 
Thu, 28/06/2018
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New Zealand’s poor long-run productivity performance has puzzled domestic economists and international observers for decades. To provide answers, this paper sketches out the broad reasons why lifting productivity has proven so difficult.

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Why do so many New Zealand businesses have low productivity?

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Wed, 20/06/2018

Why should they care about productivity?

Management Magazine July 2018 - Lifting productivity is key to business success

The Commission's Economist, Paul Conway, shed's light on these questions in the lastest Management Magazine issue: 

Lifting productivity is the key to business success

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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

Effective Marginal Tax Rates: The New Zealand case

Publication type: 
Working paper
Number: 
2018/01
Author: 
Dr Patrick Nolan
Publication date: 
Tue, 01/05/2018
JEL Codes: 
H24 - Personal Income, Other Non-business Taxes, Subsidies

Effective Marginal Tax Rates (EMTRs) reflect the interaction of the personal income tax scale, main benefits, and supplementary benefits. They show how a dollar increase in gross income translates to an increase in income in the hand (after taxation and the withdrawal of income-tested assistance). This paper presents an algebraic approach to estimating EMTRs in New Zealand. EMTR profiles are then illustrated with examples of hypothetical families.

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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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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.

How do firms learn and become more effective?

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Thu, 22/02/2018

Richard Harris and Trinh Le’s paper “Absorptive Capacity in NZ firms: Measurement and Importance” is now available.

The New Zealand Productivity Commission has part-funded work by Trinh Le, a Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy in New Zealand, and Richard Harris of Durham University in the United Kingdom, into how kiwi firms learn and the influence on their performance.

Being able to learn is a large part of becoming more innovative, especially for businesses. Up until now however, it’s been hard to understand how firms learn and the impact that has on their performance.

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