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Productivity and the Allocation of Skills

Graduates learn skills    Earnings and production grow    Does the job matter?    We use linked employer-employee data from 2004–2012, combined with individual qualifications data from 1994–2012, to study how graduates with different skills...

Auckland and Productivity

Dave Maré's presentation to the Auckland Policy Office on why Auckland is "more productive".

Productivity distribution and drivers of productivity growth in the construction industry

Productivity    has risen. Thank entry and    reallocation.    The construction industry contributes a large and growing share of the New Zealand economy, with total employment rising to almost 10% and value added (GDP contribution)...

Firm productivity growth and skill

This paper examines firm multifactor productivity (mfp) growth and changing skill levels of labour in New Zealand, using NZ microdata for 2001–2012. Strong employment growth for lower skilled workers lowered average skill by 1.8% over...

Intangible Investment and Firm Performance

It is hard to see     where intangibles take you.     Happy customers?     We combine survey and administrative data for about 13,000 firms from 2005 to 2013 to study the inter-relationships among firm...

Intangible investment and firm performance

A presentation on his intangible investment research given by Adam Jaffe at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland in September 2016.

Picking up speed: Does ultrafast broadband increase firm productivity?

UFB alone    is not the path to success.    Organise, you must.    We estimate whether there are productivity gains from ultrafast broadband (UFB) adoption and whether any gains are higher when firms undertake...

Agricultural productivity in New Zealand: First estimates from the Longitudinal Business Database

The agricultural sector produces 40% of New Zealand’s merchandise exports. Not only is agriculture the primary source of employment in many rural areas, its performance influences the success of urban regions and many secondary industries...

Production function estimation using New Zealand’s Longitudinal Business Database

This paper is intended as a resource for researchers using the New Zealand Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) to study the productivity of New Zealand firms.
First, it documents the methods used for creating a consistent dataset...

Addressing the absence of hours information in linked employer-employee data

The availability of tax-based payroll data has proved a blessing to labour and business economists wishing to understand workers, their jobs and their employers. Unfortunately, administrative data do not always include key variables of interest....

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