Urban and regional economics discusses location and how and why it makes a difference. In this section we discuss housing, the economic performance and regulation of cities, infrastructure, and regional economic differences.See our work in the Urban and regional category
Motu’s environmental research focuses on the use and design of market-based instruments to address environmental goals, including climate change, water quality and land use change.See our work in the Environment and resources category
Macroeconomics looks at fiscal and monetary policies and their effects, while well-being looks at outcomes such as income, exchange rates, life expectancy and sustainability.See our work in the Wellbeing and macroeconomics category
Population economics refers to research on individuals, families, households, and communities. Labour economics focuses on the world of work and covers people as workers as well as how firms behave in their role as employers.See our work in the Population and labour category
Motu is researching why firms, industries and regions are productive and how technological innovation works.
A new measure of material wellbeing based on actual household consumption rather than on their incomes, shows that New Zealand households have amongst the highest material living standards in the world. Using country averages for households that...Wellbeing and macroeconomics well-being New Zealand inequality consumption
The Taupo Nitrogen market was part of a water quality policy package with three components – regulation of farm nitrogen leaching, a public fund, and a market.
Observed trading activity and estimates of transaction costs suggest the...
This paper examines the impact of government assistance through R&D grants on innovation output for firms in New Zealand. Using a large database that links administrative and tax data with survey data, we are able to control for...Productivity and innovation innovation New Zealand
Congratulations to John and Catherine Ford from Rotorua. Their farm just won the National Ballance Farm Environment Award - the first North Island sheep and cattle property to do so. Motu celebrates these farmers who are helping find water quality solutions.Rural News
Motu helped create Te Pūnaha Matatini, a new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) focused on the characterisation and analysis of complex systems and networks. Find out more