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Working paper

Qualifications, Employment and the Value of Human Capital, 1986-2001 (WP 03/35)

Issue date: 
Monday, 1 December 2003
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JEL classification: 
J21 - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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This paper summarises the changing nature of qualifications across the working age population in New Zealand over the period from 1986 to 2001, and investigates the relationships between the changing qualification distribution and employment and income.


This paper was commissioned and funded as part of Treasury’s Economic Transformation project.

We thank Ron Crawford, Geoff Lewis, Steven Stillman, and participants at a Treasury seminar on an earlier version of this paper for comments and discussions. The analysis presented in this paper is based on confidentialised Census data provided by Statistics New Zealand.


The views expressed in this Working Paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the New Zealand Treasury. The paper is presented not as policy, but with a view to inform and stimulate wider debate.

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Friday, 26 October 2007