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History of the LSF

The Treasury has been at the forefront of making living standards analysis part of what governments do and our understanding has changed as we learned more.

The Treasury has been developing the LSF since 2011. Below are links to earlier work that  helped us to develop our thinking which is no longer current

Documents are available in PDF format only. Contact [email protected] to request HTML versions. 


An introduction to using the Living Standards Framework
July 2015 PDF, 978KB

Living Standards Background Note: 'Increasing Equity'
December 2015 PDF, 1.78MB


Living Standards: The Heart of Our Policy Advice
October 2014 PDF, 319KB

Living Standards Framework: links between corners and capitals
August 2014 PDF, 578KB


Living Standards Background Note: 'Social Infrastructure'
July 2013 PDF, 904KB

Living Standards: A Short Guide to 'Managing Risks'
January 2013 PDF, 221KB

Living Standards: Suggested Further Reading for 'Managing Risks' 
PDF, 2.26MB

Living Standards: A Short Guide to 'Economic Growth'
January 2013 PDF, 193KB

Living Standards: Suggested Further Resources for 'Economic Growth'
January 2013 PDF, 176KB

Living Standards: A Short Guide to 'Sustainability for the Future'
January 2013 PDF, 592KB

Living Standards: A Short Guide to 'Increasing Equity'
January 2013 PDF, 222KB

Living Standards: A Short Guide to 'Social Infrastructure'
January 2013 PDF, 368KB


Improving the Living Standards of New Zealanders: Moving from a Framework to Implementation - Speech by Dr Girol Karacaoglu 
13 June 2012, link to speech notes and slides. 

How we collaborated

Working with others across the public sector to develop measures of New Zealand's performance over the last 150 years: New Zealand's Living Standards over the last 150 years
August 2013 PDF, 655KB

Last updated: 
Friday, 17 January 2020