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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. 


Decisions, decisions…

5 February 2020

In my last post, I talked about how the rough and tumble of reallocation led to productivity growth,…


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…

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon platform fire

Debunking fallacies – couldn’t say it better myself

30 January 2020

Our technological change and the future of work inquiry has turned the hose on some burning platform…

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Too much (investment) screen time?

23 September 2019

Is this the reason why New Zealand doesn’t feature more prominently on global business and investmen…


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 …

Low-emissions economy

Climate change policy, technological change and the future o…

6 August 2019

It’s always a big day for the Productivity Commission when the Government announces its response to …


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.


Guest post: Land use and the future of work

17 June 2019

Flexible land-use planning complements a complex, dynamic and unpredictable employment environment. …

Pick a path

Pick a path

13 June 2019

Technology is an irresistible force, emerging from inventors and relentlessly changing the nature of…

Dave Heatley

Is the price right?

11 June 2019

Prices affect firm decisions. Government policy affects prices, and in doing so indirectly affects t…

Dave Heatley

The mothers of invention

10 June 2019

Necessity is the mother of invention if camping without tent pegs, according to Kinley Salmon in his…

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