Tagged: economic geography

New Zealand’s productivity paradox: Part III - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Mar 31, 2010

Let’s continue the discussion of Philip McCann’s paper, ’Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand’s productivity paradox’, New Zealand Economic Papers, 43: 3, 279 – 314 (2009). In Part II, I looked in depth at the productivity paradox.  As McCann notes, the debate about New Zealand’s poor productivity performance often focuses on regulation, taxation and institutions.  However, McCann … Read More

New Zealand’s productivity paradox: Part II - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Mar 18, 2010

In this post, I will continue my discussion of Philip McCann’s paper ’Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand’s productivity paradox’, New Zealand Economic Papers, 43: 3, 279 – 314 (2009). In a previous post, I briefly introduced the idea of the New Zealand productivity paradox: The mystery is why a country that seems close to best practice … Read More

New Zealand’s productivity paradox: Part I - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Mar 18, 2010

Philip McCann is a Professor of Economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands who has developed a very interesting view of New Zealand’s economic situation.  After a talk by Philip in Motu’s public policy lecture series last year (‘Economic geography, globalisation and New Zealand’s productivity paradox’), and a lively discussion over at Public Address, a number … Read More

How the US lost its lead in science and technology - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jan 15, 2010

Having bailed out Wall Street last year, the US is now looking for new industries to kick start its economy. However, many observers feel that the US may have squandered its technological lead over the rest of the world:  the US trade balance in high technology products has fallen steadily into the red over the last decade, from US$5.3bn in … Read More

World Economic Forum: New Zealand is failing to innovate - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Jan 11, 2010

In its 2009 report on global competitiveness, the World Economic Forum identified lack of innovation as one of the key weaknesses in the New Zealand economy. Drilling down into their report, they rate New Zealand’s strengths in innovation as the quality of our research institutions, our collaboration between universities and industries, and its weaknesses as lack of business … Read More

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