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Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand's productivity paradox

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This paper examines New Zealand's poor productivity performance from the reform period onwards, from the perspective of economic geography. Rather than employing institutional or free-market versus interventionist arguments to explain New Zealand's low productivity, as is usually the case, the argument developed here is that the debate should be considered from a very different viewpoint. If we adopt an economic geography perspective, there is nothing really paradoxical about New Zealand's productivity performance. As such, New Zealand's productivity performance is rather more of a conundrum, a riddle, with a fairly straightforward solution.

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  • Philip McCann, 2009. "Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand's productivity paradox," New Zealand Economic Papers, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(3), pages 279-314.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:nzecpp:v:43:y:2009:i:3:p:279-314
    DOI: 10.1080/00779950903308794
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