Conal Smith

Conal Smith
Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Master of Arts

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July 2010 - October 2016
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Publications (20)
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In the widely used capital stocks approach to conceptualizing intergenerational well-being, the well-being of the current generation is considered a function of produced capital, human capital (labour), social capital, and natural capital. Most discussion of the sustainability of levels of well-being into the future is focused on considering whethe...
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The article discusses results from the IGPS/Roy McKenzie Centre Covid-19 lockdown survey, focusing on what people reported about their experiences of the level 4 lockdown, both positive and negative, in an open-field response. New Zealanders’ responses allow identification of some common themes. Some of these themes, perhaps, come as a surprise: ge...
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On March 25th 2020 New Zealand completed a 48 hour transition to an Alert Level 4 lockdown, a state which severely restricted people’s movement and their social interactions in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19. To examine the effects of lockdown on economic and social wellbeing in New Zealand, the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Fami...
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This article explores what is known about the relationship between trust and total factor productivity (tfp). Generalised interpersonal trust is widely considered the best summary measure for social capital (OECD, 2015, 2017), and if this is the case the impact of trust should be reflected in estimates of tfp. A systematic review of the literature...
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Poverty in New Zealand is one of the foremost challenges we face as a country. Child poverty rates remain persistently above rates in many other developed countries and well above the rates prevalent in New Zealand during the 1980s. Poverty is of particular concern in a number of parts of provincial New Zealand, where it coincides with high rates o...
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Despite a strong economy in the first decade of the 21st century and a comparatively rapid recovery from the great recession, poverty rates in New Zealand have fallen only a little since the 1990s. The persistence of poverty rates despite a strong economy suggests that there is room to improve policy settings. It is against this background that the...
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A key policy concern in recent years has been the decline in levels of trust by citizen in public institutions. Trust is one of the foundations upon which the legitimacy and sustainability of political systems are built. It is crucial to the implementation of a wide range of policies and influences people’s behavioural responses to such policies. H...
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Interpersonal trust (i.e. trust in other people) is an issue of high interest to both policy-makers and researchers seeking to understand what drives social and economic outcomes. However, for trust to usefully inform policy and analysis it is necessary to have valid and reliable measures of it. Despite a large body of evidence on the relationship...
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Societal progress is about improvements in the well-being of people and households. Assessing such progress requires looking at the diverse and multidimensional experiences and living conditions of people. Measuring well-being and progress is a key priority that the OECD is pursuing through its Better Life Initiative and the How’s Life report serie...
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The issue of cultural bias in subjective well-being data is often raised, but rarely well-documented. This paper reviews the main barriers to interpreting national differences in subjective well-being, noting the challenge of distinguishing between cultural bias (understood as measurement error) and cultural impact (where culture plays a more subst...
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Subjective well-being encompasses several distinct but interacting aspects of people's feelings, attitudes, and experiences. This paper assesses the state of the art for measuring these dimensions of people's lives, which typically involves analyzing self-reports of subjective well-being collected in survey instruments; however, other potentially c...
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This chapter provides an introduction to, and summary of, the contents of this book. It outlines the aim of the project and provides an overview of the indicators covered, comparing them with those used in the OECD Better Life Initiative. The chapter also presents the criteria used throughout the report to assess the quality of the indicators used,...
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This paper looks beyond the broad notion of social capital – which has been applied to a number of different phenomena –in order to clarify (i) the range of different elements that are encompassed by the term; and (ii) what needs to be done to further statistical research and development in order to lay the groundwork for establishing guidelines...
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There is strong evidence that subjective well-being measures capture in a reliable way specific components of well-being that other non-subjective measures miss. The question of whether subjective well-being is policy amenable is however still largely unexplored in the research. This paper sheds some light on this issue, by looking at the impact of...
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The past decade has seen an increasing body of evidence emerge that subjective wellbeing can be empirically measured through relatively straightforward questions on self-reported happiness or life satisfaction carried in sample surveys. This paper analyses the determinants of subjective wellbeing using data from the 2008 New Zealand General Social...
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The paper explores issues with assessing wellbeing in OECD countries based on self-reported life satisfaction surveys in a pooled regression over time and countries, at the country level and the OECD average. The results, which are in line with previous studies of subjective wellbeing, show that, apart from income, the state of health, not being un...
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This paper uses data from the Gallup World Poll to explore the determinants of subjective well-being. The paper builds on the existing literature on the determinants of subjective well-being in three areas. First, the paper systematically examines the drivers of measures of affect as well as the determinants of life satisfaction that are more preva...

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