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New Zealand Regions, 1986-2001: Education and Qualifications


  • Ian Pool

    () (University of Waikato)

  • Sandra Baxendine

    (Waikato District Health Board)

  • William Cochrane

    (University of Waikato)

  • James Lindop

    (University of Waikato)


This paper investigates changes in patterns of education and the highest qualifications people gained over the period 1986 to 2001 for the regions of New Zealand. Education is an essential element in the accumulation of human capital. Factors analysed in this paper are highest qualification gained, early education participation, school retention and qualification attained at leaving school. Over this period there have been major changes in the education people have sought with increases in the time people stay at schools as well as the numbers of people who go onto tertiary education therefore getting university level qualifications. The levels of qualifications gained by people differ substantially by region. Auckland and Wellington in particular have higher proportions of their population with higher qualifications than the regions which are rural and on the periphery.

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  • Ian Pool & Sandra Baxendine & William Cochrane & James Lindop, 2005. "New Zealand Regions, 1986-2001: Education and Qualifications," Population Studies Centre Discussion Papers dp-56, University of Waikato, Population Studies Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:wai:pscdps:dp-56

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    1. Simonetta Longhi & Peter Nijkamp & Jacques Poot, 2005. "A Meta-Analytic Assessment of the Effect of Immigration on Wages," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 19(3), pages 451-477, July.
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    Education; School Retention; Regions; New Zealand;

    JEL classification:

    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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