Lifting New Zealand's productivity: a research agenda

Patrick Nolan
2014 Policy Quarterly  
Sebastian Edwards (2013) wrote that when it comes to the economy New Zealand appears to exhibit 'Woody Allen syndrome'. In most of Allen's movies, he observed, the main character is leading what appears to be a charmed life ('interesting friends, a nice apartment, and a well-paying job') but he still worries a lot. New Zealanders too 'worry a lot. They worry about the economy and about the country's position in the world.' And, as Edwards went on to note, as 'Woody's movies progress, the
more » ... realise that, although he is sweet and loveable, he has certain traits that could be improved on. ... Similarly, and in spite of New Zealand's wonderful showing in ranking after ranking, there are a number of areas where reforms would make the country's position in the world even better.'
doi:10.26686/pq.v10i2.4486 fatcat:6karo6jkz5fuboqydit52kjhj4