A comparative approach to determining the growth of productivity of the New Zealand construction industry

Malcolm Abbott, Chris Carson


Abstract

In recent years there has been increasing interest in the productivity and efficiency of the construction industry in New Zealand.  In part this interest has manifested itself in the increased use of numerous statistical techniques to determine the productivity and efficiency of the industry.  These efforts have, however, some degree of controversy.  The purpose of this paper is, therefore, threefold.  First it summarises the key structural findings that have been determined from past research into the construction industry in New Zealand.  Secondly it makes some comparisons between the construction industry’s productivity in New Zealand with that of the six states of Australia.  Finally it also considers potential areas for potential future research.

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