Page updated 23 Jun 2015
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:
- The Impact of Sentencing on Adult Offenders' Future Employment and Re-offending - Community Work Versus Fines (WP 15/04)
- The Impact of Tax Changes on the Short-run Investment Behaviour of New Zealand Firms (WP 15/05)
- Inequality in New Zealand 1983/84 to 2013/14 (WP 15/06)
- The Impact of Tertiary Study on the Labour Market Outcomes of Low-qualified School Leavers (WP 15/07)
- Exchange Rate Fluctuations and the Margins of Exports (WP 15/08)
- Estimating the Cyclically- and Absorption-adjusted Fiscal Balance for New Zealand (WP 15/09)
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 eg, WP 99/04 was the fourth Working Paper published in 1999.