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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…

In Africa, the change is palpable. In NZ it’s starting to hurt, too. So enough with the Smart Alec approach to climate

The excuses are feeble and unacceptable. We need to take sincere, authentic, practical and innovative action to reduce climate gas emissions at home, writes Bronwyn Hayward in The Spinoff. An Associate Professor of Political Science at…

Freshwater reforms' emissions impact 'minimal'

Jamie Morton writes in the NZ Herald that "The effect of the Government's freshwater reforms on slashing greenhouse gas emissions will be "minimal" unless they result in a large amount of trees being planted."  More...

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…

Insurance, Housing and Climate Adaptation Coverage

As New Zealand counts the cost of widespread flooding this month, a new report from Motu and Deep South Science Challenge researchers identifies key questions we need to answer to better prepare our coastal communities…

Carbon report: Plant native trees, save cash

Jamie Morton reports in the NZ Herald: The case to plant more native forests to off-set emissions has been again pushed in another major research report - and this time, researchers say businesses could benefit. Wellington-based Motu…

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…

Top researcher to head new Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy

Motu is thrilled that Senior Fellow Arthur Grimes has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy at the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington. Arthur will continue his Motu research and…

Motu News - April 2017

From the DirectorTomorrow scientists and supporters in some 500 cities around the globe will march for Science ‘to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.’ I have written previously…

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…