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Benchmarking the Productivity Performance of New Zealand’s Frontier Firms

Guanyu Zheng (), Hoang Minh Duy () and Gail Pacheco ()

International Productivity Monitor, 2021, vol. 40, 27-55

Abstract: This study compares the relative performance of New Zealand’s firms to several small advanced economies using novel cross-country microdata from CompNet. We present stylised facts for New Zealand relative to Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden based on average productivity levels, as well as benchmarking laggard, median and frontier firms. This research also employs an analytical framework of technology diffusion to evaluate the extent of productivity convergence, and the impact of the productivity frontier on non-frontier firm performance. Results show that New Zealand’s firms have comparatively low productivity levels and that its frontier firms are not benefiting from the diffusion of best technologies outside the nation. Furthermore, there is evidence of labour misallocation in New Zealand based on less labour-productive firms having disproportionally larger employment shares than their more productive counterparts.

Keywords: compnet; small advanced economies; firms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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