The Contribution of Agriculture to the National Economy of New Zealand
AbstractThe agricultural sector tends to get a bad press and low priority from NZ Treasury due to the falling share of GDP. On the other hand, the agricultural sector in NZ shows up highest in the OECD total factor productivity studies! Is not the efficient use of resources the main factor Treasury should be taking into account and not the declining share of GDP? Further, is there some economic truth in the argument that production activities are the basis of the economy and are needed to create the real wealth for the rest of the economy? Is there some point where the service economy falls in on itself and the proliferation of service jobs cannot feed on itself for ever? This paper will try to assess the place of agriculture in a strategic plan for future growth and prosperity and put NZ Treasury in their place.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its series 1999 Conference (43th), January 20-22, 1999, Christchurch, New Zealand with number 123821.
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