Working Papers


  • 11-October-2017

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    Adapting to the changing labour market in New Zealand

    Technological change is increasing the productivity of highly skilled workers but creating more challenging labour-market conditions for their low-skilled counterparts.

  • 11-October-2017

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    Improving productivity in New Zealand's economy

    New Zealand ranks highly on most indicators of well-being, but incomes are below the OECD average due to low labour productivity.

  • 25-September-2015

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    The Lake Taupo Nitrogen Market in New Zealand - Environment Policy Paper

    Nitrogen run-off from farming and other land uses was threatening to undermine the pristine waters of Lake Taupo – New Zealand’s largest and most iconic lake – and to damage a range of economic and cultural activities. In 2011, the regional government introduced a water quality policy package. This bold policy experiment is unique: it is the only trading programme or market where diffuse sources of pollution operate under a cap.

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  • 21-August-2015

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    Making New Zealand’s economic growth more inclusive

    New Zealand generally performs well in terms of economic and social inclusion. It has high employment rates, and education and health-care systems work well for most.

  • 22-July-2015

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    Sustaining the economic expansion in New Zealand

    Ensuring that permanent spending or tax cuts are implemented in a sustainable manner would encourage the strong fiscal position that New Zealand needs to meet potentially large macroeconomic shocks and long-run ageing-related costs.

  • 19-September-2013

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    Improving school-to-work transitions in New Zealand

    The NZ labour market is among the most flexible in the OECD, and outcomes for its young people have been among the best. However, labour-market opportunities are heavily determined by initial education, where New Zealand’s system is also successful and innovative in many ways.

  • 16-July-2013

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    Policies to support sustainable long-term growth in New Zealand

    As its workforce ages and major economies shift towards producing higher value-added goods and services, New Zealand will face increasing challenges to remain globally competitive and maintain high living standards. Future growth will need to come increasingly from productivity gains, and resources will have to shift towards activities that rely more on skills, technology and intangible assets.

  • 29-September-2011

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    Green growth and climate change policies in New Zealand

    New Zealand, as a resource based economy anxious to protect and promote its clean and green image, appropriately sees green growth as a natural direction for future development.

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  • 31-August-2011

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    OECD Health Working Paper No. 57. The Impact of Pay Increases on Nurses' Labour Market: A Review of Evidence from Four OECD Countries

    This report reviews the impact of pay increases on nurses’ labour market in four countries (UK, New Zealand, Finland and Czech Republic). Pay increases contributed to an increase in potential new entrants to nurse education, but the effect on nurses already in work is more difficult to assess.

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  • 5-July-2011

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    Policies to rebalance housing markets in New Zealand

    A considerable housing boom has been a key feature of persistently large saving investment imbalances in New Zealand over the past decade.

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