Government Debt

Generally, Government debt as a percent of GDP is used by investors to measure a country ability to make future payments on its debt, thus affecting the country borrowing costs and government bond yields (NZ Treasury).

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Economic resilience

  1. Real net stock of total assets per person (data available for 2013)
  2. Real net stock of infrastructure per person
  3. Real investment in fix captial per person
  4. Ratio of debt services to export earnings
  5. Diversity of exports
  6. Government debt

The 2008 report is the most recent with exception of #1.  This is problematic as the Global Financial Crisis 2008 had a significant impact on NZ economy and level of debt

The NZ economic chart pack has many economic indices – unfortunately the measures don’t align with  the economic resilience indicators used by the Statistic New Zealand’s Progress indicator.

OECD’s economic outlook 

New Zealand’s level of debt is below the OECD average.  The OECD website enables comparisons on a number of dimensions across a range of OECD countries.  The website enables NZ to be compared with a range of other OECS countries.

Key to adjacent graph
Blue line = the OECD average
Green line = New Zealand