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Zero Carbon Bill - oral submission from Catherine Leining and John McDermott

John McDermott is the Executive Director and Catherine Leining is a Policy Fellow at at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington. This is the oral submission to the Environment Select Committee they made...

Coverage of Niven Winchester's RWC Prediction

According to expert analytics led by Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Policy Research Niven Winchester, the All Blacks have a 53.6 per cent chance of winning the Webb Ellis Cup.Check out the coverage of...

Who will win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Niven Winchester is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic & Policy Research. He specializes in economy-wide modelling for climate policy analysis. He spent 10 years as a Principle Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Climate explained: how emissions trading schemes work and they can help us shift to a zero carbon future

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer questions about climate change.Motu's Catherine Leining was asked: Would you please explain how the New Zealand Emissions Trading...

Motu News - August 2019

From the Executive Director of Motu ResearchKia ora koutou. Some macroeconomists I know are starting to worry about the New Zealand economy as consumer and business confidence is weak and jobs growth has been near...

Research aims to help identify future recessions

In Aotearoa, before the GFC a ‘normal’ rate of insolvencies involved about 13 businesses failing every year. Failures ranged from large corporates usurped by innovative upstarts to businesses whose product didn’t survive the test of...

Friendlier skies: a win-win solution to reduce aviation CO2 emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft are projected to triple between now and mid-century, even if substantial technology and operational improvements are implemented to make flying more energy efficient. Absent policy constraints, this explosive growth rate...

Population growth pushes up house prices but the share of migrants doesn't

There has been widespread recent concern that strong increases in immigration flows have caused a housing crisis in New Zealand.“We know that between 1986 and 2013, the number of foreign-born New Zealand residents more than...

Coverage of housing prices and migration paper

Population growth pushes up house prices but the share of migrants doesn't, our media release about the new research from Dean Hyslop, Trinh Le, Dave Maré and Steve Stillman was picked up by the following...

Why GDP is no longer the most effective measure of economic success

As a macroeconomic indicator, GDP fails to capture much of the value created in the modern world. New metrics promise to track everything from happiness to natural capital. Motu's Arthur Grimes talks about happiness and...