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Cut down on red meat, buy an EV and reduce your climate impact

How much we spend on  Food, transport and power can  Help solve climate change.  New research has identified where households can make a real difference to their greenhouse gas emissions – and cutting down on red meat and…

Sticker discount for earthquake-prone commercial buildings

Summary Haiku Buildings declared prone To fall in quakes, fall in price.* *Conditions apply. Media Release Since devastating earthquakes struck Canterbury nearly five years ago, public interest in seismic safety has sharply increased. The economic impact of the rebuild is…

Corey Allan wins Heading West Award

Corey Allan has been given the Heading West Award. This award gives Corey free travel and accommodation for the 2016 AARES Annual Conference in Canberra. Corey will present on land use in New Zealand, building on…

Marsden Funding for skilled migration research

New Zealand has the highest skilled emigration rate in the OECD at 24.2 percent, yet our understanding of the forces driving our skilled graduates overseas is limited. Isabelle Sin, a researcher at Motu Economic and Public…

Productivity and low-skill employment growth

New Zealand’s strong employment growth between 2001 and 2012 drew in a disproportionate number of lower skilled workers. This change offset the growth in skill of the New Zealand work force by 1.8%. “The overall change…

Oxford University Presentation on Immigrant Intergration Podcast

Motu affiliate Jacques Poot recently presented work by Arthur Grimes, Matthew Roskruge and himself at Oxford University. The presentation is podcast here. In this presentation Poot compares immigrant and native-born social capital formation by means of…

Overhauling NZ’s Emissions Trading Scheme

The recent report from the Ministry for the Environment has lead the Green Party’s co-leader, James Shaw to call for an overhaul of NZ’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and to include agriculture. “In NZ, 48% of…

Treasury Guest Lecture by Arthur Grimes

Maximising Utility: Taking Measures of Wellbeing Seriously in Policy  Governments and policy-makers across the world now pay at least lip-service to maximising the wellbeing of their citizens, rather than maximising GDP per capita. Calls in this…

Evaluation of Marsden Fund shows Scientific Output Increased

New Zealand spends less money on research, relative to its size, than three-quarters of the countries in the OECD. “The government is considering expanding public funding to narrow this gap, but very little has been known…

Economic Values and Beliefs of Māori and non-Māori

A large body of research shows that systems of beliefs and values can contribute to different economic and social outcomes. Cultures that believe luck and connections are more important to personal advancement than hard work,…