Productivity Commission seeks topics for inquiry

The Productivity Commission is seeking ideas for topics for two new inquiries to be conducted next year.

The Commission is currently conducting inquiries into boosting productivity in the services sector, and the design and operation of regulatory regimes, which are due for completion in April and June 2014 respectively. The two new inquiries will commence after the current inquiries are completed.

The Commission has a broad mandate to improve productivity in a way that supports the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders. On referral from Ministers, the Commission holds inquiries and reports on productivity related matters.

Potential inquiry topics will be selected based on the degree to which they:

• use the Commission’s unique position as an independent agency with high quality analytical ability and a focus on public engagement

• have the potential to deliver practical policy recommendations to improve productivity and support the overall well-being of New Zealanders; and

• require a substantial degree of analysis to resolve a complex set of issues.

Potential inquiry topics that meet these criteria should be submitted to inquirytopics@treasury.govt.nz together with any relevant supporting information by Friday 13 December 2013. The Treasury is the department responsible for the Productivity Commission, and manages the process for suggesting potential inquiry topics to responsible ministers.

Inquiries already undertaken are:

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