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Excellence in economics brings home the Sir Frank Holmes prize

Motu is pleased to announce the top economics tertiary student for 2017 is Livvy Mitchell, from AUT who has won the Sir Frank Holmes Prize.  In recognising Sir Frank Holmes as one of New Zealand’s pre-eminent economists and…

Sexism to blame for much of gender wage gap

A world first examination of the gender wage gap has researched employees’ productivity to see how much sexism is to blame for the difference in women and men’s pay. The study by researchers at Motu Economic…

New Research: Carbon Farming Native Trees on Māori Land

A new three year research project beginning this year will identify the opportunities and barriers for Māori land on the East Coast that could be used for native forest regeneration for carbon farming. “With the mānuka…

Arthur Grimes appointed to ERSA Prize Jury

Arthur Grimes has been appointed a member of the six person Jury of the European Prize in Regional Science, also known as the ERSA Prize. ERSA is the European Regional Science Association which has 3500 members…

Emissions Trading and Forestry in NZ

New Zealand is the first, and still the only, country to fully include forest landowners in a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme, the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS). A new paper released today…

Director role: advice and influence at the highest level

It doesn’t take long for visitors to the office of Adam Jaffe, Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, to notice a framed replica of the Nobel Peace Prize on the wall. After letting…

High World Ranking for Climate Change Work

A tiny research organisation from New Zealand has ranked tenth in the world for climate change work internationally and second for think tanks outside of Europe and North America. Only six staff from Motu Economic and…

Finding a value for sunshine

It is a truth commonly acknowledged that a house that gets more exposure to sunlight is more attractive, especially in ‘temperate’ climates like New Zealand’s. Until now, however, the value of that sunshine has not…

Retooling the emissions trading scheme to ‘decarbonise’ NZ

There are practical ways to change the NZ ETS so it delivers clear and predictable emission price signals. This would ensure that New Zealand’s emitters reduce their greenhouse gases more quickly than is currently happening. A…

Workers who lose their jobs are disadvantaged for years

Losing a job is well known to be one of the more stressful life events. What is less well-known is the impact of job-loss in the future and whether government benefits provide adequate support. Now a…