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A Rough Guide to New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database (2nd edition)

The LBD shines   But how to harness the light?   Answers lie within.   New Zealand's Longitudinal Business Database is a rich resource for understanding the behaviour of New Zealand firms. This paper provides an introductory guide to...

Firm-Level Hiring Difficulties: Persistence, Business Cycle and Local Labour Market Influences

We examine the correlates of reported hiring difficulties at the firm level using linked employer-employee and panel survey data over 2005-2011, focussing on the relative influence of firm-level characteristics, persistence, the business cycle and local...

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...

Are Patent Fees Effective at Weeding Out Low-Quality Patents?

The paper investigates whether patent fees are an effective mechanism to deter the filing of low-quality patent applications.
The study analyzes the effect of the Patent Law Amendment Act of 1982, which resulted in a substantial...

Firm Productivity Growth and Skill

Quals are increasing.    Job growth draws in new workers,    But they are less skilled.    This paper examines the relationship between firm multifactor productivity growth (mfp) and changing skill levels of labour in...

Firm productivity growth and skill presentation

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and Productivity Hub agencies (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Productivity Commission, Statistics New Zealand and Treasury) are working together to use the LBD to better understand New Zealand’s...

Earnings and Employment in Foreign-owned Firms

This paper examines remuneration and labour mobility patterns among workers in foreign-owned firms operating in New Zealand.
By tracking workers as they move across jobs in different types of firms, we document the extent of the...

Foreign Acquisition and the Performance of New Zealand Firms

This paper examines the firm-level determinants of foreign acquisitions of New Zealand companies, and the consequences for both purchased firms and the workers within those firms.
We follow a combined propensity score matching and difference-in-difference approach...

Over the Hedge: Do Exporters Practice Selective Hedging?

What determines exporters" exchange rate hedging decisions and do exporters attempt to "time the market"? We use a unique unit record longitudinal administrative dataset on firm exports to find the determinants of exporters" currency hedging...

The Incidence and Persistence of Cyclical Job Loss in New Zealand

In New Zealand, the impact of the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC) was milder than in most other developed countries, though still substantial, with employment declining by 2.5 percent between the fourth quarter of 2008...

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