More older people and women joining labour force, RBNZ paper finds

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A view of Queensland in New Zealand

Higher participation rates from older individuals and women have boosted the labour supply in New Zealand despite an ageing population, a research paper published by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand finds.

New Zealand’s labour supply has grown rapidly since 2000 with the labour force participation rate reaching a record high in 2017. Jamie Culling and Hayden Skilling, authors of the report, attribute the trend to strong population growth and higher labour force participation, in particular from

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