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Taking the carbon out of construction

Engineered wood could cut building emissions and costs By Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change To meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change—keeping global warming…

Pay of medical specialists in New Zealand is gender biased

The gender pay gap is alive and well in District Health Boards (DHB) at the senior doctor level according to research out today. “Women specialists earn on average 12.5 percent lower hourly wages than men,” said…

Analysis of early childhood education workforce

The early childhood education (ECE) sector has changed over the last decade, from mainly community-based, not-for-profit services to mainly privately-owned services. With the increase in demand for ECE, there is also an increase in the…

Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand

New research using four large-scale surveys of New Zealanders shows those in social housing and people with disabilities appear to be particularly disadvantaged with respect to internet access. Just 69 percent of those living in Housing…

Finding out more about the ‘gig’ economy

Motu today released research exploring how to go about measuring gig work. "Gig" once meant a live performance by a musician or group. It now refers to any work that is temporary or that has…

Culturally diverse locations good for business

Between 1981 and 2013, the proportion of the adult population born overseas rose from 18 percent to 29 percent. The increase in the foreign-born adult population was particularly strong in larger urban areas. In Auckland, the…

A+ student wins Sir Frank Holmes Prize in 2019

The Sir Frank Holmes Scholarship is named for one of New Zealand's past great economists. It is generously sponsored by The Hugo Group and is awarded annually to New Zealand's top third year university student…

How to have quality freshwater and plenty of it

Julia Talbot-Jones of Victoria University of Wellington and Freshwater Programme Lead at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research argues against piecemeal measures to improve our rivers and waterways. Water is the primary medium through which the world will…

‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?

New economic research commissioned by the Deep South Challenge, co-funded by Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research and with the support of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research will investigate the impact of climate change-driven drought on vulnerable…

Motu’s John McDermott wins NZ’s Top Economics Award

The Executive Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, John McDermott, has won the NZIER Economics Award. This is Aotearoa’s most prestigious award for economists in New Zealand. Dr McDermott joins other Motu economists who…