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Productivity distributions in New Zealand: The dangers of international comparison

Richard Fabling and Lynda Sanderson

No 14_16, Working Papers from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-12
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