Productivity in NZ’s urban areas
Paper author, Dr Dave Mare, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. Photo: Motu.
Are firms in large cities more productive? And if they are, what is the productivity premium of our largest city,
Dr Maré says this finding is confirmed by studies that measure productivity by wages, labour productivity, or multi-factor productivity, although there is some systematic variation among estimates.
“We documented an urban labour productivity premium, with
For urban areas other than
“We estimate multi-factor productivity differences separately for a more disaggregated set of urban areas, and find spatial productivity differences of between 7% and 15% [2% to 6% if adjusted for labour quality].
The estimates of productivity across
In a recent presentation about what
For a PDF of the working paper please see Urban Productivity Estimation with Heterogeneous Prices and Labour.
Date posted: 9 March 2017