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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.

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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. 

John and Jack MacCormick

There’s someone for everything

7 November 2019

There’s a great new ad campaign running for Trade Me at the moment based on the slogan, ‘there’s som…

Tim Maddock

How dynamic is the New Zealand labour market?

4 November 2019

Two new Productivity Commission reports tell us that the New Zealand labour market is characterised …

Closed down no work today

It doesn’t pay to lose your job!

14 August 2019

How well does NZ support people who face job loss?  

I feel fortunate. In my working life – 3 ½ yea…

Technological change and the future of love

Technological change and the future of love

12 August 2019

Online matchmaking has radically changed the way people search for love.

At work at home

Can tech-enabled flexible work close the gender pay gap?

15 July 2019

The converging roles of men and women are among the grandest advances in society and the economy in …


There’s no place like home

10 July 2019

Why don’t people move as often as economists expect? 

Some regions in New Zealand have much higher …

Easter Bunny Dave Heatley

The demand for statisticians and Easter bunnies

8 July 2019

The right job in the wrong place. For many, that’s the reality of job search in New Zealand’s less p…

Volunteer search and rescue team Tararua Range

The future of volunteering

20 June 2019

I only know one economist joke. A plane carrying economists plummets towards the ground after its en…


Career is a verb, not a noun

17 June 2019

career (v) move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way.

Trade Me jobs

Are ‘dumped’ workers pressured into ‘rebound’ jobs in NZ?

30 May 2019

Are fast rates of re-employment always a good thing? New Zealand’s incidence of long-term unemployme…

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