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How could economic policy incentivise better freshwater outcomes?

Issues around the health of our rivers and lakes are front of mind for many New Zealanders at this time. As pressures on water resources increase in New Zealand, so does the need for alternative...

What is the nature of subjective wellbeing inequality?

A common wellbeing approach that is used in public policy places emphasis on how people subjectively value their own life situations. Typically, these subjective wellbeing (SWB) judgements are measured using people’s responses on a 10...

Is the Reserve Bank of New Zealand fulfilling its statutory objectives?

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Amendment Act (2018) gives it a (new) aim of promoting “the prosperity and well-being of New Zealanders …” via the implementation of monetary policy directed at “achieving...

Drivers of Urban Development in New Zealand

New research by Stuart Donovan, Arthur Grimes and David Maré uses census data to reveal the drivers that influence urban development in New Zealand. The modelling looks at data from 132 NZ towns and cities...

Where do our bright young things choose to settle after graduation?

A highly-educated population is one of the key drivers of local growth and prosperity. One of the main challenges facing non-metropolitan regions is the attraction and retention of tertiary educated graduates.What are the specific drivers...

How will climate change-induced increases in extreme rainfall effect EQC liabilities?

Weather-related hazards have already cost the EQC $450 million in (inflation adjusted) payouts since the year 2000. New research by Jacob Pastor-Paz, Ilan Noy, Isabelle Sin, Abha Sood, David Fleming-Munoz, and Sally Owen has found that...

Why are there more accidents on Mondays?

Previous research has found there are more workers’ compensation claims for injuries on Mondays than on any other day of the week. This is often called the “Monday Effect”.New research published by Motu Economic and...

Motu News January 2020

From the Executive Director of Motu Research Kia ora koutou and happy 2020.  Looking back, it has been nearly 11 months since I began my role as Executive Director. During my time at Motu,...

Motu’s Catherine Leining appointed as a Climate Change Commissioner

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is proud to announce the appointment of Catherine Leining as a New Zealand Climate Change Commissioner.Ms Leining is a Motu Policy Fellow and has over 26 years of international...

Occupational drift blogs

Occupational drift captures the gradual evolution of occupational mix over time as a proportion of the total workforce. It's arguably the best measure of long-run labour market change from the perspective of workers. Our Dave Maré...