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Insights from recent firm-level productivity research

Cover Getting under the hood

New Zealand Productivity Commission

Statistics New Zealand

The Treasury New Zealand

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Date published

5 July 2018

This note summarises insights from recent research on New Zealand's productivity performance using firm-level data. Coverage is largely limited to research completed since 2013 and that uses the Longitudinal Business Database, although a small number of older studies or studies that use different data are included where they help illustrate important findings. The structure is as follows:

  • Section 1 explains the focus on productivity.
  • Section 2 explains the use of firm-level data and outlines a stylised model of firm-level productivity.
  • Sections 3-7 present evidence on reallocation and catch-up, innovation, international connections, skills and management capability, and geography and sectors. As a cross-cutting issue, research on migration can be found in the sections on innovation and on skills and management capability.
  • Section 8 discusses the Productivity Hub’s forward looking research programme.
JEL Codes  D2; J2; J3; J6


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