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Who needs a Productivity Commission anyway?

ANALYSIS: We do, say some economists – although we also need to act on its advice, even if politically unpopular.

WATCH: NZIER principal economist Peter Wilson speaks with Dita De Boni.

Dita De Boni Thu, 11 Jan 2024
Key points
  • What’s at stake: The new Government will do away with New Zealand's Productivity Commission, at a time when most countries in the world are establishing such bodies to fight a global slump in productivity. 
  • Background: The last productivity commissioner did not find favour with politicians and others on the right of the political spectrum, with reports on poverty and disadvantage that they believed strayed from a pure focus on boosting GDP per capita. 
  • Key players: Dr Ganesh Nana, Rodney Hide, David Seymour, NZIER's Peter Wilson, Otago Uni's Murat Ungor, David Skilling, Paul Keating. 

New Zealand has a new government, and with that comes a completely different view of how the country can become more productive – or earn more for the hours we work.  

The new coalition Government has said it will put productivity ‘at the heart’ of all its decision making. But it’s taking a

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: The new Government will do away with New Zealand's Productivity Commission, at a time when most countries in the world are establishing such bodies to fight a global slump in productivity. 
  • Background: The last productivity commissioner did not find favour with politicians and others on the right of the political spectrum, with reports on poverty and disadvantage that they believed strayed from a pure focus on boosting GDP per capita. 
  • Key players: Dr Ganesh Nana, Rodney Hide, David Seymour, NZIER's Peter Wilson, Otago Uni's Murat Ungor, David Skilling, Paul Keating. 
Who needs a Productivity Commission anyway?
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