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The Risks and Opportunities from Globalisation - WP 07/05

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  • The Risks and Opportunities from Globalisation
  • Published: Jul 2007
  • Author: Stevens, Wayne
  • Copyright: ©Crown Copyright
  • Hard copy: Available in PDF format only.

The Risks and Opportunities from Globalisation

New Zealand Treasury Working Paper 07/05

Published: July 2007

Author: Wayne Stevens


Globalisation, being the trend towards increasing global economic integration, is one of the largest forces, if not the largest force, affecting world economies at present. The current period of global economic integration is unprecedented and the pace and extent of globalisation will continue to have major ramifications for the world, regional and New Zealand economy. It is highly unlikely that the process of increasing global economic integration will reverse.

Globalisation offers both risks and opportunities. New Zealand can achieve significant benefits from future globalisation. The challenge will be to ensure that we are one of the adaptive economies that can successfully adopt policies that maximise the benefits and minimise the risks.

In responding to globalisation it is necessary to consider policies that promote a globally competitive environment for New Zealand businesses. Further consideration of how domestic policy settings look when viewed through an international competitiveness lens is imperative. This report offers preliminary views on what some of these policies should be. It does not answer fully the question of how New Zealand should respond to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation but it outlines initial views in order to stimulate debate on this topic.

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Executive Summary

Part 1: Development of the global economy

Part 2: Future trends in the global economy

Part 3: The risks and opportunities from globalisation for New Zealand



twp07-05.pdf (572 KB) pp. 66

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I would like to thank Louise Allsopp, Steve Rylands, Pauline Nesdale, Struan Little, John Ballingal and Michelle Stevens for their help and assistance at various stages of the writing of this report.


This document was commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury.  However, the views, opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in it are strictly those of the author(s), do not necessarily represent and should not be reported as those of the New Zealand Treasury or the New Zealand Government.  The New Zealand Treasury and New Zealand Government take no responsibility for any errors, omissions in, or for the correctness of, the information contained in this Paper.

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