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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
The most recent working papers published by the Treasury are:
- Examining the elasticity of New Zealand's current account to the real exchange rate (WP14/12)
- The role of value judgements in measuring inequality (WP14/13)
- Pensions, savings and housing: a life-cycle framework with policy simulations (WP14/14)
- Income mobility in New Zealand (WP14/15)
- Earnings and employment in foreign-owned firms (WP14/16)
- Options to narrow New Zealand’s saving–investment imbalance(WP14/17)
- Working for Families changes: the effect on labour supply in New Zealand (WP14/18)
- Determinants of the New Zealand yield curve: domestic vs. international influences (WP14/19)
- Interpreting inequality measures and changes in inequality (WP14/20)
- The effect of public pensions on household saving: evidence from a New Zealand natural experiment (WP14/21)
- KiwiSaver and the accumulation of net wealth (WP14/22)
- Intergenerational developments in household saving behaviour (WP14/23)
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.