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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…

Fighting Climate Change a Bonus for Planting Native Trees

Over the last three years researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have worked with Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd to scope Māori landowner interest in native forest regeneration and carbon farming.  “With the introduction of the…

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…

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…

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…

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

India’s economy is booming, driving up electric power consumption to unprecedented levels. The nation’s installed electricity capacity, which increased fivefold in the past three decades, is expected to triple over the next 20 years. At…

Do people move to places that are better for business or better for fun?

A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenge uses a deep-dive analysis of census rent and wage data to look at whether…

Controlling emissions under rapid economic growth

How South Korea can meet its Paris climate pledge at low cost South Korea’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement on climate centers on a pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 37…