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Symposium: Unpicking New Zealand’s Productivity Paradox
The focus of the symposium was to discuss New Zealand’s “productivity paradox” – our relatively poor productivity growth compared to other OECD countries – and opportunities to turn this around.
Update - August 2013
Key take-out messages have been captured in this summary document.
See selected videos of presentations from the recent Symposium:
|Paul Conway||Director - Economics and Research, NZ Productivity Commission||Productivity by the numbers: The NZ experience|
|Geoff Mason||Senior Research Fellow, UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research||Investigating NZ-Australia productivity differences: New comparisons at Industry Level|
|Alain de Serres||Counsellor to the OECD's Chief Economist||NZ's performance in an OECD context|
|Roger Procter||Chief Economist, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment||Unpicking NZ's productivity paradox|
|Edward Glaeser||Professor of Economics, Harvard University||Productivity & growth: Education, agglomeration & entrepreneurship|
|Dave C. Mare||Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research||Lessons for NZ from spatial economics|
|Hon. Bill English||Deputy Prime Minister; Minister of Finance||Closing address|
All slide presentations are also available to view, below.
About the Symposium
The Symposium covered many issues, including:
- New Zealand’s productivity performance – history and comparison to other OECD countries
- International connections
- Human capital
- Research and Development
- The role of cities
Session 1: The productivity paradox
• 1A(i): Productivity by the numbers – by Peter Gardiner, Statistics New Zealand.
• 1A(ii): Productivity by the numbers – by Paul Conway, Productivity Commission.
• 1B: Investigating New Zealand-Australia productivity differences – by Geoff Mason, UK National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
Session 2: Causes for the paradox
• 2A: An International perspective on the productivity paradox – by Alain de Serres, OECD.
• 2B: Unpicking New Zealand’s productivity paradox – by Roger Procter, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Session 3: Theme – technology and finance
• 3A: Internet usage and New Zealand productivity – by Hayden Glass, Sapere Research Group.
• 3B: The impact of New Zealand’s capital market constraints on productivity and growth – by Ben Gerritsen, Castalia Advisors.
Session 4: Theme – spatial
• 4A: Productivity and growth: Education, agglomeration and entrepreneurship – by Edward Glaeser, Harvard University.
• 4B: Lessons for New Zealand from spatial economics – by Dave C. Maré, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research.
Session 5: Theme – industry level
• 5A: Construction productivity: The devil is in the detail – by Helen Anderson, Productivity Partnership
• 5B: New Zealand’s productivity paradox: A transport policy perspective – by Joanne Leung, Ministry of Transport.
About the Productivity Hub
The Symposium was held by the Productivity Hub in conjunction with the New Zealand Association of Economists’ 54th Annual Conference on 3-5 July 2013.
The Productivity Hub is a partnership of agencies focused on better understanding New Zealand’s productivity experience and the role of policy in improving productivity growth.