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Ron Crawford


Focused innovation policy: lessons from international experience

This report explores the international evidence and experience that may help New Zealand maximise the economic contribution of their frontier firms.

Local government insights

This report explores the performance of New Zealand local government. It highlights the key lessons for both local and central government, and lays down a challenge to both sectors about what they need to get right, how to do things differently and the benefits of...
Working paper

Scope and funding of local government: an international comparison

The scope of local government in New Zealand and its sources of revenue (mainly property taxes) are much more constrained than in most other high-income countries. This paper compares New Zealand with other high-income countries in the distribution of functions across central and local government...

Options for a new longitudinal household survey in New Zealand

Over the last several decades longitudinal household panel surveys have become essential elements of the social science infrastructure in Europe, the UK, North America, Asia and Australia. They shed new light on a wide range of social and economic phenomena and their effects on wellbeing...