Page updated 16 Jul 2013
Introduction to the Working Papers series published by the Treasury which contains work in progress and research on a variety of economic, financial, trade and social issues.
The Working Papers series includes new empirical research relevant to understanding the New Zealand economy or the impact of economic policy in New Zealand, theoretical frameworks relevant for understanding microeconomic or macroeconomic behaviour or the impact of a policy proposal, or syntheses of literature.
The papers do not themselves represent policy advice, nor do they represent the Treasury's view - see the Disclaimer for Working Papers and Policy Perspectives Papers.
Recent Working Papers
Read the media statement by the Treasury: Treasury publishes twelve new working papers (16 July 2013).
The most recent working papers published by the Treasury are:
- Population Ageing and the Growth of Income and Consumption Revenue (WP 13/09)
- Private Returns to Tertiary Education: How does NZ Compare? (WP 13/10)
- Alternative Distributions for Inequality and Poverty Comparisons (WP 13/11)
- Intergenerational Smoothing of the Fiscal Costs of Population Ageing in New Zealand (WP 13/12)
- The Distributional Impact of Population Ageing (WP 13/13)
- Housing Affordability in New Zealand: Evidence from Household Surveys (WP 13/14)
- China's Recent Growth and Its Impact on the New Zealand Economy (WP 13/15)
- The Outlook for China's Growth and Its Impact on New Zealand Exports (WP 13/16)
- Empirical Evidence on Growth Spillovers from China to New Zealand (WP 13/17)
- Estimating New Zealand's Potential Output Using a Small Macro Model (WP 13/18)
- Parameter Uncertainty and the Fiscal Multiplier (WP 13/19)
- The Requirements for Long-Run Fiscal Sustainability (WP 13/20)
Purpose of the Working Papers Series
The Treasury's aim in publishing the papers on the Treasury website is to make these ideas available to a wider audience and to inform and encourage public debate, with the ultimate aim of informing the Treasury's policy advice.
Working Papers have been published as a formal series of publications since 1998; some earlier 'working papers' were published in 1997 and 1998.
Please note that these papers are electronic publications - the Treasury does not provide printed copies. However, Information Services at the Treasury holds a printed copy of each paper and these can be borrowed through the interloan system (contact your local library).
Working Papers each have a reference number indicating the year and sequence it was published e.g. WP 99/04 was the fourth Working Paper published in 1999.