Productivity Distributions in New Zealand: The Dangers of International Comparison

Motu Working Paper No. 14-16

10 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2016

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Richard Fabling

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust

Lynda Sanderson

Government of New Zealand - Treasury

Date Written: December 9, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fabling, Richard Blaikie and Sanderson, Lynda, Productivity Distributions in New Zealand: The Dangers of International Comparison (December 9, 2014). Motu Working Paper No. 14-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2730350 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2730350

Richard Blaikie Fabling (Contact Author)

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust ( email )

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P.O. Box 24390
Wellington, 6142
New Zealand

Lynda Sanderson

Government of New Zealand - Treasury ( email )

No. 1, The Terrace
Wellington, 6011
New Zealand

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