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Seminar on Wages, Wellbeing & Location

You are warmly invited to a free seminar from the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities with speakers Arthur Grimes and Philip S Morrison. Location location location! What are the important attributes of places for people’s decisions…

NZ’s Distortionary Tax System Contributes to Housing Crisis

NZ has one of the most distortionary tax environments for housing of any country in the OECD. It wasn’t always this way. But new research from Andrew Coleman, an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy…

Freshwater reforms may have minimal impact on greenhouse gas emissions

Two separate independent studies have found that the incidental impact of freshwater reforms on greenhouse gas emissions will not be large unless they lead to a lot more trees being planted. The National Policy Statement for…

More native forest can help firms manage emissions obligations

Companies with high greenhouse gas emissions face the risk of high costs in a carbon market where prices could soar as high as US$190 per unit. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have…

The Happiness of the Long-Distance Mover

Whatever their reason for moving, do people who move within a country end up being happier? Looking at migration within Australia, a new study from researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust shows…

Are qualifications or job choice more important for recent graduates?

There are ongoing debates about the right quantity and mix of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills, and about whether other skills deliver similar benefits to employers and the economy at large. A new paper…

Fibre Broadband improves primary school students’ results

About two students at an average-sized primary school will reach the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics because of the school’s access to fibre broadband. The New Zealand Government has spent $1.2 billion since 2008…

Researchers are from Mars, policymakers are from Venus: How can we bridge the divide?

Rigorous researchers and risk averse decision-makers must overcome their differences and work closer together if we are to achieve better public policy outcomes, Suzi Kerr writes in the PolicyForum from the Asia and the Pacific…

Ultrafast broadband needs other investment to achieve greater productivity

The most recent research from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at whether the introduction of ultrafast broadband has had any impact on the productivity of New Zealand firms. “The simple answer to that…

Producers creating less greenhouse gas help household emissions fall

The average New Zealand household’s emissions fell 11 percent between 2006 and 2012, mostly because the production of some high-emissions goods is creating fewer greenhouse gases. If you want to  find out what your household…