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Regional economic performance in New Zealand: How does Auckland compare?

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  • Geoff Lewis
  • Steven Stillman

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In this study we investigate Auckland's economic performance relative to other large cities, to medium-sized urban centres and to small towns and rural area using data from the Income Survey to examine hourly earnings and other measures of labour productivity and utilisation. Our results tell a fairly consistent story. Auckland and Wellington have the highest levels of productivity performance based on almost all measures of earnings. In particular, both have significantly higher average levels of labour income, and wage rates than the three other comparison areas. Auckland has also experienced stronger growth in wages, in particular for wage/salary workers, than other regions.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal New Zealand Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 41 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 29-68

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Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:41:y:2007:i:1:p:29-68

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Keywords: Regional Economic Performance; Auckland; Productivity; New Zealand;

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Cited by:
  1. O'Connor, Peter & Stephenson, John & Yeabsley, John, 2012. "Grow for it - How population policies can can promote economic growth," NZIER Working Paper 2012/1, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  2. Maré, David, 2008. "Labour Productivity in Auckland Firms," Occasional Papers 08/9, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
  3. Grimes, Arthur & Le Vaillant, Jason & McCann, Philip, 2011. "Auckland's Knowledge Economy: Australasian and European Comparisons," Occasional Papers 11/2, Ministry of Economic Development, New Zealand.
  4. Joseph Mercante & Penny Mok, 2014. "Estimation of wage equations for New Zealand," Treasury Working Paper Series 14/09, New Zealand Treasury.

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