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BlogA blog by Commission staff

This was set up to generate ideas and promote debate for our Technological change and the future of work inquiry.

We welcome robust, respectful and insightful thoughts and ideas. Please post your comments at the bottom of blog posts. Comments are moderated and won't appear immediately. 

About the blog

The Commission has completed its inquiry into Technological change and the future of work. Thanks to everyone who read and commented on this blog! Read the final inquiry report and recommendations to Government here. 


Can Kiwis be better chameleons?

25 February 2020

To succeed in an unpredictable and changing world, adaptability is the key. Let’s be chameleons. Tec…


It’s all in the mix

3 February 2020

In our first four draft reports, the Commission focused on questions like:

Is technology progress a…


Will there still be Santa?

20 December 2019

I’ve got some bad news about Santa Claus. The North Pole may be far, but it’s not too far to avoid t…


From sewing machinist to software programmer

16 December 2019

I’m sure you’ve heard some version of this popular prediction – about two-thirds of children enterin…

Carl Benedikt Frey

Into the Frey

14 October 2019

If you’ve read anything about technological change and the future of work – or even if you’ve just G…


How to insure against a workless future

16 September 2019

There are two “expert” messages about the impact of the digital revolution on work that are hard to …

Tech and productivity over time

New Zealand, technology and productivity

12 September 2019

The first of the Productivity Commission’s reports on technological change and the future of work is…

Bolt and Nut Australia

The nuts and bolts of automation

9 September 2019

Many, many things affect whether a firm will adopt a technology, and whether this adoption will be s…


From Richard Pearse to the koru club

26 August 2019

There’s a long lag between invention and any labour market effects from the mass adoption of technol…

Robots in Japan

Can robots help fund more attractive places to live?

1 August 2019

Robots are going to take our jobs, right?  Well, maybe. The available evidence provides conflicting …


Blocking agri-tech doesn’t mean we can block its undesired e…

18 July 2019

New tech. A traditional local industry.

Street lamp

What makes a job a good job?

11 July 2019

There’s an old joke about an economist searching for their keys under a street lamp.

Houston café

Reading past the job-loss headlines

27 June 2019

“Machines take jobs” cry the headlines. A journalist friend once said the media only publish two sto…

18 social services illustration orange

Is the future of work happening now?

20 May 2019

Many people worry about the impact of new and emerging technologies like robots and artificial intel…

US imports for China

Offshoring US manufacturing to China – it changed politics, …

15 May 2019

The US–China trade war is in the news again.

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