Our Research


Population economics also encompasses the interactions of economics and demography, leading to research on topics such as population growth and decline, population ageing, population diversity, and migration.

Motu researchers are involved in a range of projects examining migration in a New Zealand context.

Our research focus

Motu’s current and recent research into migration includes:

  • Whether outcomes for immigrants improve post-arrival and how.
  • Impacts of immigration (and workforce composition more generally) on firm performance and on non-immigrants.
  • What causes population movements within New Zealand.