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  • New Zealand's place in the world - NZIER Public Discussion Paper 2021/1

    21 July 2021

    What is NZ’s place in the world? What is the extent of globalisation regarding trade, people, capital, and culture? How has COVID-19 impacted NZ’s economy?

    Derek Gill one of our Principal Economists breaks down these questions in last week's Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand sharing knowledge session. During this session, Derek discusses how NZ’s economy has evolved. Where it used to be and how it will progress in the future. View the webinar here.

    The Public Discussion Paper can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board calls for tightening within the coming year

    12 July 2021

    There are growing calls amongst Shadow Board members for the Reserve Bank to tighten monetary policy given the pick-up in inflation pressures in the New Zealand economy. Many on the Shadow Board now see a tightening in monetary policy at the upcoming July meeting as appropriate. Beyond that, an overwhelming majority thinks monetary policy should be tightened within the coming year.

    Read the full release here.

  • NZIER’s QSBO shows a strong pick-up in demand and confidence - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, July 2021

    06 July 2021

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) shows a sharp improvement in both business confidence and demand in firms’ own business.

    A net 10 percent of businesses expect an improvement in the economic outlook on a seasonally adjusted basis – a turnaround from the net 8 percent of businesses who had expected a deterioration in the previous quarter. Firms’ own trading activity also picked up strongly, with a net 26 percent of businesses reporting increased demand in the June quarter. These results suggest the recovery in the New Zealand economy will remain robust over the coming year.

    FUll sruvey reseults are available to NZIER members only. The media release can be read here.

  • New Zealand's place in the world - NZIER Public Discussion Paper 2021/1

    10 June 2021

    COVID-19 has disrupted international supply chains, drastically reduced the global movement of people and caused a dramatic, unprecedented but luckily temporary fall in world trade. Global merchandise trade recorded its largest ever one-period decline in the second quarter of 2020, falling 14·3% compared with the previous period. This event has accentuated the slowdown in international economic integration (so-called peak globalisation) in the decade since the global financial crisis.

    A newly released NZIER working paper highlights how New Zealand’s place in the world – including flows in trade, people, capital, and ideas – continues to change.

    The working paper can be read here.

  • NZIER calls for more critical thinking ahead of the 2021 New Zealand Schools’ Debating Finals

    26 May 2021

    The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) is sponsoring the 2021 New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championship. The national championship comprises a series of debates over the coming weekend (May 28th to May 31st), culminating in a final knock-out round to be held in the Upper House of Parliament from 2pm on May 31st.

    Read the media release here.

  • More confidence about the New Zealand recovery ahead, Quarterly Predictions - June 2021

    25 May 2021

    While the dip in New Zealand economic activity in the final quarter of 2020 suggested some easing in the momentum of the rebound in the economy, improving household and business confidence should support a continued recovery over the coming years. Businesses are looking to invest and hire, and the improvement in household incomes is supporting retail spending. 

    NZIER forecasts annual average GDP growth to pick up to around 5 percent by the end of this year, before moderating to just over 3.5 percent by 2025. 

    Quarterly Predictions is an independent review of New Zealand’s economic outlook and includes comprehensive forecasts of the economy. The full publication is available exclusively to NZIER’s members. 

    Read the media release here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board sees stronger case for tightening

    24 May 2021

    While Shadow Board members still considered current monetary settings as appropriate for the upcoming May meeting, attention turns to a tightening in monetary policy over the coming year. In the near term, members pointed to some uncertainty over how sustainable the recovery will be particularly in light of continued border restrictions. Hence members saw a cautious approach as justified for the upcoming meeting. Read the full release here.

  • NZIER welcomes Productivity Commission’s migration recommendations

    20 April 2021

    NZIER was asked by the Commission to look at the evidence of the effects of migration policy on New Zealand’s frontier firms.

    Our first report – Could Do Better – was released by the Commission last December.

    Our latest report – Picking Cherries – was released today. Read the report  here.

  • NZIER’s QSBO shows demand holding up - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, April 2021

    13 April 2021

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) shows a modest improvement in business confidence in the first quarter of 2021, while demand held steady.

    A net 11 percent of businesses expect a worsening in general economic conditions over the coming months, on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is a modest improvement from the 16 percent of businesses which were pessimistic about the economic outlook in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, firms’ own trading activity was unchanged from the previous quarter. This measure suggests annual GDP growth will track around 2 percent in the March 2021 quarter.

    QSBO is available to NZIER members, the media release can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board calls for a ‘wait and see’ approach

    12 April 2021

    For the upcoming April RBNZ meeting, Shadow Board members are in favour of leaving the monetary policy stance unchanged. Given the recent announcement of measures such as extending the bright-line test to 10 years and the removal of interest deductibility for investment properties, Shadow Board members felt a wait and see approach was appropriate to assess the effects on the New Zealand economy.

    The release can be read here.