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  1. 22 May 2013

    A more consistent approach to valuing natural assets would help decision-makers increase the efficiency of use of our natural resources, says NZIER.

  2. 22 May 2013

    To the Commerce Commission, 9 April 2013.

    Each year NZIER devotes some of its resources to undertake and make freely available economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges. The preparation of this submission was funded from those resources.

  3. 22 May 2013

    To the Local Government and Environment Committee, 28 February 2013.

    Each year NZIER devotes some of its resources to undertake and make freely available economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges. The preparation of this submission was funded from those resources.

  4. 23 April 2013

    “The NZIER Shadow Board says keep the official cash rate at 2.50 percent,” said Dr Kirdan Lees, Head of Public Good Research at NZIER. “The economy grew very strongly at the end of last year and recent confidence indicators, like NZIER’s Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, show continued optimism.”

  5. 26 March 2013

    New Zealand businesses need to start making changes to prepare for major structural shifts in how firms will do things over the coming decades. NZIER predicts the ageing New Zealand population will see fewer productive workers in proportion to the number of retirees which will drive up wages. Firms need to prepare. “These are global issues but the sooner New Zealand businesses plan for these coming changes the better,” Dr Lees says.

  6. 21 March 2013

    Like much of the world, New Zealand’s economy is still feeling the lingering consequences of the global financial crisis and the hang-over of its own asset price bubble. The economy is recovering slowly. In the last few years, households have spent cautiously and paid down mortgages. This was an adjustment that needed to happen. But net foreign liabilities are still very high and recent credit growth raises concerns that the adjustment has not been enough. Major action will be needed to contain the ageing-related growth in government spending that is about to hit us, and lift economic growth. Steps have been made in the right direction, but further reforms are needed. New Zealanders need to be prepared to make sacrifices in the short run to make progress in the long run. The longer we delay action, the bleaker our prospects.

  7. 18 March 2013

    The New Zealand economy is recovering gradually, according to the latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts. Economic growth will average 2.5% over the next three years. The Canterbury rebuild will be a key driver, though it will be more protracted than previously thought.

  8. 08 March 2013

    As part of the East Coast oil and gas Development study, NZIER was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to do an economic study of the national and regional impacts of the potential development scenarios. Link to report.

  9. 05 March 2013

    The Electricity Authority has proposed changes to how transmission services are priced which link transmission pricing to New Zealand's world leading wholesale electricity market. On first read the proposal looks attractive and appears to have material benefits for New Zealand. But can the Authority's approach work? Do the benefits make sense and can they be realised over time?

    NZIER were asked by a group of major electricity users (MEUG) to evaluate these and other questions and advise MEUG members in support of their submissions on the Authority's proposal. Our analysis and assessment are contained in a public report that can be found on the MEUG website.

  10. 01 March 2013

    In 30 years’ time New Zealanders will be choosing to retire at least three years later than we do now. Living longer means working longer. We will want to save more for our retirement as our life expectancy increases. Working longer will also be more attractive as an ageing population will drive up wages. In NZIER’s latest research paper, we quantify the impact of an ageing population on future wages and interest rates, and people's savings and retirement decisions.

  11. 26 February 2013
  12. 13 February 2013

    The New Zealand economy is recovering gradually from a long recession. 2013 will be another challenging year, but better than 2012.
    Findings from the MYOB Business Monitor. A report by NZIER for MYOB.

  13. 17 December 2012

    The New Zealand economy is recovering gradually, according to the latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts. Economic growth will average 2.5% over the next three years. The Canterbury rebuild will be a key driver, though it will be more protracted than previously thought.

  14. 03 December 2012

    “The NZIER Shadow Board continues to favour holding the OCR at 2.5% but the recommendation is delicately poised,” said Dr Kirdan Lees, NZIER’s Head of Public Good Research.

  15. 20 November 2012

    Tourism is one of New Zealand's largest income earners. In the second half of 2012, NZIER were contracted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to produce model-based tourism forecasts and a report that shows the key economic drivers of the forecasts across 2012-18.

  16. 16 November 2012

    ExportNZ commissioned NZIER to provide an independent view on options for New Zealand firms, business organisations and government to boost export growth. While ExportNZ posed the question, the views contained in this report are those of NZIER.

  17. 01 November 2012

    Policy priorities for engaging business to improve the health of ecosystems and conserve biodiversity.

    A paper prepared for the 28th Round Table on Sustainable Development to be held at the Ista Hyderabad Hotel, 16 October 2012.

  18. 30 October 2012

    Hosting large events like the Rugby World Cup are expensive undertakings. That makes value-for-money evaluation critical. But most impact event analysis doesn’t stack up, missing displacement effects. It means benefits are often far smaller than people think.

  19. 24 October 2012

    The NZIER Shadow Board, an independent group which aims to promote informed debate about interest rate decisions, is increasingly looking to a rate cut to boost flagging economic activity, said Dr Kirdan Lees, NZIER’s Head of Public Good Research.

  20. 23 October 2012

    An opinion piece by Shamubeel Eaqub, Principal Economist at NZIER in Auckland Council's, Auckland Economic Quarterly - October 2012.

  21. 26 September 2012

    NZIER conducted the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling for this latest Treasury Working Paper, 'The economy-wide impacts of industry policy'. This work was part-funded from our Public Good research fund and used two different CGE models - the Orani-G model of the NZ economy and the GTAP model of the global economy.

  22. 26 September 2012

    A report for Local Government New Zealand.
    Local government rates and spending have been rising. But data from the last 10-20 years does not indicate local government as a whole has been fiscally irresponsible (despite instances of poor fiscal management). In this report, commissioned by Local Government New Zealand, NZIER investigates a number of indicators of fiscal performance.

  23. 17 September 2012

    The economic recovery continues, but it will be a little more protracted than previously thought, according to the latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts. Economic growth will average 2.6% over the next three years. The Canterbury rebuild will be a key driver of activity, and households and exports will contribute modestly.

  24. 13 September 2012

    A report for the Economic Development Group at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

    NZIER was asked to estimate the impact a major oil and gas development may have on the New Zealand economy. We used a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to estimate the long run impact of the find.

  25. 10 September 2012

    A report for Chatham Rock Phosphate.

    NZIER was commissioned by Chatham Rock Phosphate to study the economic impacts of its project to develop a seabed phosphate resource on the Chatham Rise.