New Zealand in the OECD provides an easily understood statistical comparison of New Zealand with other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Media, government, business and the general public make frequent use of official statistics to compare New Zealand’s performance with that of other nations. This publication contains statistical indicators for a number of subjects across the economic, social and environmental spheres.
The selection of indicators was based on three criteria. Firstly, the data needed to be available on an internationally comparable basis for all, or most, countries of the OECD. Secondly, the indicator should be generally recognised as an accepted statistical indicator of social, economic or environmental standards. And thirdly, the indicator should have some perceived interest to the general public.
The OECD countries were selected as providing the most appropriate comparisons with New Zealand for the selected indicators. This was because: in general they have the most similar economic and social structure to that of New Zealand; frequent comparisons are already made between New Zealand and the OECD in both the public and private domain; and comparable data for OECD nations is readily available.
Although more recent data for New Zealand or other countries is available, the comparative nature of this booklet’s data requires information from equivalent time periods.
Note: Please use this data with caution. Differences in collection methods and treatments between countries mean that data is not always precisely comparable.
New Zealand in the OECD is also available through the Statistics New Zealand website (www.stats.govt.nz), with links to related material. For further information go to www.oecd.org which contains a number of statistical databases about these topics.
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Published in 2005