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Treasury Guest Lecture by Arthur Grimes

Maximising Utility: Taking Measures of Wellbeing Seriously in Policy  Governments and policy-makers across the world now pay at least lip-service to maximising the wellbeing of their citizens, rather than maximising GDP per capita. Calls in this…

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…

Marsden Fund comes under the microscope - Media Coverage

NZ Herald's Jamie Morton reports on our research - "Our biggest fund for blue sky research is boosting scientific output in New Zealand, but there's plenty of room to improve the Marsden Fund." Adam Jaffe, Juliet Gerard and…

Motu's Catherine Leining on climate change, energy Darwinism, fossil fuels, what the climate movements must learn from religion, whether extreme weather is the new normal & more

Today's Top 10 at interest.co.nz is a guest post from Catherine Leining, Policy Fellow at economic and public policy research institute Motu.

Arthur Grimes on RadioLIVE re Māori Beliefs

Arthur Grimes talked to Sean Plunket about his recent research into Māori beliefs and speaks about how beliefs may differ but this does not necessarily make them wrong. 

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…

New Zealand may feel dissatisfied because of Australia, study suggests

The Dominion Post and stuff.co.nz reported on our subjective wellbeing paper, taking the angle that kiwis may not make themselves happy always trying to beat the Aussies. 

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…