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90 day trial periods have little to no effect

The introduction of 90-day trial periods in 2009 was controversial, with the government promoting the initiative as likely to increase hiring, particularly of disadvantaged job-seekers, and unions concerned that workers would be at risk of…

Christchurch workers more likely to have jobs and earn more

Since devastating earthquakes struck over five years ago, workers in the Greater Christchurch region have bounced back from short-term job loss and are now more likely to have jobs, less likely to be on the…

Surprising Pockets of Productivity in the Construction Sector

Previous studies of the New Zealand construction industry have found poor productivity performance. However, a new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research -- a not-for-profit, non-partisan research institute -- uses data from individual…

Re-activating the NZ ETS

While New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) was a world first in many respects, it was calibrated to operate in a world which no longer exists. “Fundamentally, the NZ ETS offers a sound foundation for…

Why don’t Governments implement growth-maximising fiscal policies?

For years, research has told us that income taxes are worse for economic growth than GST. Governments still, however, raise more money from taxes on personal income than from indirect taxes such as GST. A new…

Two countries, 16 cities, 5,000km, but only one housing market

Kiwis often talk about the Auckland housing market as if it were a lone wolf, unconnected to anything else in the country. Now, however, economic research shows that not only is Auckland part of New…

Kiwi expertise leading the world on emissions trading

A New Zealand economist has just helped launch a report that will help any country in the world set up an emissions trading system. “Many countries have indicated that they intend to use emissions trading systems…

Gold Ranking for CaDDANZ Team

The 2014/15 Annual Report from the CaDDANZ team (including Dave Maré) was recently awarded a Gold rating by MBIE. This means the project is performing above expectation. Only 12 percent of projects received this highest…

Hautahi Kingi wins Motu Thesis Scholarship

Hautahi Kingi (Nga Rauru, Te Atihaunui a Paparangi) a PhD candidate in economics at Cornell University in the United States is the winner of this year’s $10,000 Motu Thesis Scholarship. “We are immensely glad to be…

How much effort should New Zealand make on climate change?

As New Zealand shapes its contribution to global mitigation, it needs to consider five factors: setting targets top-down versus bottom up; choosing the balance between domestic and global contributions; assessing fairness; assessing costs; and creating a domestic pathway toward zero-net…