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Motu works to build economic and public policy research capability in New Zealand. We run economics-related conferences and workshops, make data accessible to researchers, offer junior research roles and internships and maintain linkages with universities in New Zealand and overseas. Through the Motu Research and Education Foundation, we fund scholarships for young economists.
Our objective of enhancing research infrastructure has led us to develop and document datasets and to make this data readily available to other researchers and graduate students.
Motu currently funds two scholarships: the Motu Thesis Scholarship for students of Maori descent and the Motu Doctoral Scholarship.
Motu offers summer internships for students completing their degree and planning to return to graduate study. The key characteristics we are seeking are intelligence, motivation, and interest in the issues we study.
The Motu Public Policy Seminar series provides a forum for informed debate on important public policy issues. Through the series, we aim to make make the latest economic research more accessible to inform policy debates in New Zealand. Here you can view our upcoming seminars and download notes from some of Motu's older seminars.
Motu's senior staff teach in New Zealand universities as one way to disseminate the results of our work and knowledge, and build New Zealand capacity to carry out empirical and theoretical research on New Zealand public policy.