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Productivity in New Zealand 1988 to 2002


  • Melleny Black
  • Melody Guy
  • Nathan McLellan


This paper reports new aggregate and industry productivity series for the New Zealand economy for the period 1988 to 2002. Comparison between Australia and New Zealand shows that market sector multifactor productivity growth has been similar in both countries over the full sample period. Since 1994 average labour productivity growth has been higher in Australia, which reflects the relatively lower rate of physical capital accumulation in New Zealand after 1993. On the other hand, New Zealand's capital productivity growth has been higher than Australia's capital productivity growth since 1994, reflecting the relatively higher growth in hours worked in New Zealand.

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  • Melleny Black & Melody Guy & Nathan McLellan, 2003. "Productivity in New Zealand 1988 to 2002," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(1), pages 119-150.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:37:y:2003:i:1:p:119-150 DOI: 10.1080/00779950309544381

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    JEL classification:

    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence


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