Off-benefit transitions

Superu has published research on where people went when they went off a benefit.

The research looked at 140,000 people who moved off a benefit from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. This period was chosen because it allowed a two-year follow-up period that was not affected by the July 2013 welfare reforms, which included changes to the benefit system.

The research was undertaken using Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), which is a set of administrative data from government agencies. The analysis makes use of a person’s historical information, such as their work and benefit history, which helped us better understand the different pathways people took after moving off a benefit.

The research findings have been published in a technical report and a research summary:

Off-benefit transitions: Where do people go?

This report looks at where people go when they move off a benefit in New Zealand.

Research Summary: Where do people go when they move off a benefit?

This research summary outlines the key findings from the report on where people go when they move off a benefit in New Zealand.

Off-benefit transitions electronic appendices

The electronic appendices contain all of the tables and graphs used in the body of the off-benefits research report. Some of the graphs are interactive so that the user can examine people’s post-transition activities.

Please contact us if you would like a copy of the SAS data preparation code.


This research was commissioned from the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund, which is used to respond to research and evaluation questions from Ministers about social sector issues.


Last update: 9 Feb 2017