Productivity Distributions in New Zealand: The Dangers of International Comparison
Motu Working Paper No. 14-16
10 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2016
Date Written: December 9, 2014
Recent discussions of New Zealand's relative economic performance have drawn a link between firm-level productivity dispersion and a lack of competitive pressure. This note describes a simple example using New Zealand firm-level data which casts doubt on the assertion that New Zealand has a “long tail” of low productivity firms relative to other countries.
Keywords: Multifactor productivity (MFP), Dispersion
JEL Classification: D24
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