The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to identify policies and interventions that could maximise the economic contribution of New Zealand’s frontier firms. The Commission has received the terms of reference
from the Minister of Finance which outline the context and scope of its new inquiry.
“New Zealand is not a typical OECD economy. There are many factors behind our poor productivity performance”, says
Inquiry Director, Steven Bailey. “But the performance of New Zealand’s leading firms are vital to our productivity.”
“The Commission looks forward to unlocking the potential of our most productive firms versus their international
counterparts, identifying opportunities to build comparative advantage and improve macro-productivity growth.”
The Commission will also investigate how innovations of knowledge and technology can diffuse more effectively from
frontier to other firms in New Zealand.
“This new inquiry will build on our recent inquiry into Technological change and the future of work and previous research into firm-level productivity. We look forward to analysing this sector further.”
Mr Bailey says the success of the inquiry will rely on the input, knowledge and advice of the sectors concerned.
“Meaningful engagement is a key part of all our inquiries and the Commission looks forward to working alongside firms,
their employees, trade unions, agencies, industry bodies and other interested parties throughout the inquiry process to
better understand the contribution of frontier firms in the economy.”
The terms of reference are available at www.productivity.govt.nz/frontier-firms
and anyone interested in the inquiry can subscribe
to receive updates.
The Commission will begin this inquiry with the publication of an issues paper outlining its proposed approach, the
context for the inquiry and a list of key questions to be addressed. The Commission will seek submissions from all
interested parties and consult broadly to help inform and ground its analysis. Its final report to the Government is due
by 31 March 2021.