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Policy makers in New Zealand advocate investments in training and Research and Development (R&D) as effective policy options to increase the country's level of productivity. However, uncertainty remains about the strategic prioritisation of these policy options. The article examines the impact of public investment in training and R&D on productivity, technological advancement and innovation. Based on an international survey of empirical findings, the article rejects calls for substantial government funded training programmes and highlights the limitations of public investment in business R&D. Instead, the article wishes to advance knowledge by developing a two-stage wage strategy in support of a process of ‘creative destruction', first through initial wage growth, subsequently through wage restraint and, ultimately, in pursuit of a sustainable platform for investment in technological advancement, skills, innovation and economic growth. It concludes with an assessment of political pressures and respective reasons why this strategy, although capable of meeting multiple policy objectives, is unlikely to be favoured by policy makers and political interest groups.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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