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Frequently asked questions about productivity – International comparisons

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What are the differences between the OECD and Statistics NZ productivity series?

They differ in their coverage of industries. The OECD series is for the total economy, and therefore includes the non-measured sector. There are also important methodological differences. For example, the OECD’s labour hours series is based solely on data from the Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) whereas the Statistics NZ series uses Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED), the Business Demography Database (BDD), and the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) as well as the HLFS.

Can I compare these numbers with those of other countries?

Yes, however, you will need to review the industries covered by the country you are looking at. Some countries measure the total economy, while others only measure certain parts of the economy. For example, the US’s productivity statistics cover the non-farm business sector while the UK’s figures reflect the whole economy. 

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