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About the same.
26% (32 votes)
Better off.
21% (26 votes)
Much better off.
20% (25 votes)
Much worse off.
19% (24 votes)
Worse off.
14% (18 votes)
Total voters: 125

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Why NZ's productivity is an OECD laggard

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Productivity progress

Labour productivity gains continue in 2013, capital productivity insignificant; New Zealand lags Australia

Friday's guest Top 10

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Why New Zealand industries lag behind Australia

Financial and insurance sectors identified as a major drag on New Zealand's productivity; 'Professional, scientific and technical services' sector one of our better ones

Working longer, producing less

Turning around a declining trend: we need policy that supports productivity, and firms to focus on it: Productivity Commission

'Why Bill English is wrong'

John Walley says a thriving manufacturing & export sector would provide employment & higher wages, would be better for NZ than cheap imports

The final of ANZ's 6 key themes for 2013

ANZ NZ's economics team look at key themes for 2013; Here's theme six  - All about jobs