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Productivity by the numbers: 2019


Dr Patrick Nolan

Reece Pomeroy

Guanyu Zheng

Date published

7 June 2019

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This report shows New Zealand’s productivity performance at the level of the total economy, sectors, and individual industries. It illustrates trends in New Zealand’s productivity performance through time and compared to other OECD countries. It presents figures on business dynamics and the use of inputs such as labour and capital.

Number  2019/2
JEL Codes  D2; E2; J2; O4


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