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Celebrate resilience: supply chains have passed the test - NZIER Insight 104

Under extreme pressure, our supply chains have been winners. But what do we need to do to ensure future resilience? Read more

How big data can be a force for good - NZIER Insight 103

Over the last decade, Stats NZ has developed a powerful tool for policymakers and researchers alike. Known as the Integrated Data Infrastructure or IDI, it draws upon data from across the government and contains de-identified information for people living in New Zealand. Read more

A question of trust - NZIER Insight 102

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Long COVID? Previous pandemics changed us – what about this time? NZIER Insight 101

This Insight is prompted by the recent publication of a cluster of papers that look at economic lessons from previous health episodes. While these are interesting in their own right and are possibly relevant for countries with a different experience of COVID-19, it turns out that many … Read more

Declining maths scores is a problem for the New Zealand economy - NZIER Insight 98 & 99

New Zealand’s school maths scores are declining. A solution put forward the Royal Society expert panel commissioned to investigate our poor maths performance is an increase in specialist maths skills in the teaching profession. Although the education sector could increase teacher skil … Read more

The trade implications of Mr Biden for New Zealand - NZIER Insight 97

Or what does the Chinese Century mean for New Zealand? The United States has structured world trade over the past 70 years in a way that has been positive for New Zealand. Now that the United States has relinquished its lead trading position, how will Mr Biden behave on trade policy? … Read more

The tale of Goldilocks and the three fears (about the minimum wage) - Insight 96

The minimum wage is a ‘Goldilocks’ policy: not too high, not too low. A political consensus on the role and appropriate level of the minimum wage is both possible and desirable. Read more

Tourism recovery - without stepping on the gas - NZIER Insight 95

With borders closed for the foreseeable future New Zealand tourism is facing a loss of substantial revenue from the lack of foreign visitors, who would usually maintain demand for tourism businesses after the end of the peak summer holidays for domestic tourists. But after the COVID-1 … Read more

COVID-19 - a historical perspective - NZIER Insight 94

Who will be the winners and losers from COVID-19? History says don't be presumptuous. Former Head of School of Government and economic historian Gary Hawke explains in the final of the NZIER COVID Insight series. Read more

Inflexibility a challenge for the agrifood sector - NZIER Insight 93

COVID-19 has proved challenging for the agri-food sector. From pasture to plate, farms and businesses in the agri-food sector have reported feeling squeezed between rising costs and lower prices. To explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the agri-food sector, NZIER collaborated with an Au … Read more

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