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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,…

Collaboration brings opportunities for Victoria University and Motu

Victoria University has strengthened its position as a leader in public policy and economics research by signing a Collaboration Agreement with Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce Professor Bob…

NZ’s Agricultural Productivity Report Card: Could Try Harder

The agricultural sector produces over 40% of total merchandise exports. Do dairy and sheep/beef farms contribute to New Zealand’s improving level of productivity? A study by researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research - a…

Which emissions scenarios are best for kiwi farmers?

New Zealand farmers have more at stake than most kiwis when it comes to how agriculture is included in global climate change policy. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research found that what is…

Keeping up with the neighbours and happiness

It’s not just individuals who get a burst of happiness from doing better than their neighbours, it’s true across countries as well. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research found that countries that raise…

The Age of Resilience

As momentum builds towards an international climate change agreement at the UN COP 21 conference in Paris, New Zealand and French experts discuss humanity’s capacity to adapt, become resilient and address the greatest challenge posed…

Scholarships for Research on Diversity

Massey University is offering PhD and MA scholarships for research projects on diversity. The research is part of the Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (CaDDANZ) project that Massey University is working on jointly…

Kiwis have some of the world’s highest material living standards

A new measure of material wellbeing shows that New Zealand households have the third highest material living standard in the world for households with a teenager. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research found that, using…

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