The UK came out of recession with more people in work, producing less than in 2008. On the other side of the world, New Zealand also has stagnating productivity. But nobody’s quite sure why. So are fears of a global low-growth trap justified?


Patrick Nolan gives an overview of current and proposed research work on understanding and improving New Zealand’s productivity performance.


Although productivity growth is picking up, New Zealand still has a large productivity gap compared to other OECD countries.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) research, published by the Productivity Commission, shows that New Zealand’s broad policy settings should generate GDP per capita 20% above the OECD average, but we are actually more than 20% below average. Closing this gap would dramatically lift incomes and wellbeing for New Zealanders.


From silos to systems: Some observations from across the ditch.
Speech to the Regulatory Reform conference, Canberra.


Opinion piece originally published in the NBR.


Productivity Commission kicks the tyres on our regulations; finds more regular maintenance needed.


Geoff Lewis talks about ways ICT can boost productivity in the services sector.


Murray Sherwin outlines why competition is important for the services sector and what the Commisssion recommends to boost competition.


The Productivity Commission is pleased to welcome Patrick Nolan on board as a Principal Advisor to the Economics and Research team.