Urban and regional economics discusses location and how and why it makes a difference. In this section we discuss housing, the economic performance and regulation of cities, infrastructure, and regional economic differences.
People and organisations take a wide range of elements into account when choosing where to locate themselves. Being in a city costs more but:
People are willing to move there because they get paid more and/or enjoy ‘amenities’ that cities have to offer.
Firms move there despite the higher land and labour costs, because they are more productive in cities.
Policy-makers affect location choices through their investments in infrastructure and amenities.
Motu’s current and recent research focus includes:
How regions within NZ adjust to industrial and demographic change.
The interactions between housing, transport, policy, regulation, and house prices.
The impacts of infrastructure and amenities on urban firms and residents.
2019.Arthur Grimes, Nicholas Preval , Philippa Howden-Chapman , Jenny Ombler, Michael Keall
Arthur Grimes is working with the University of Otago-based Centre for Sustainable Cities on a programme examining Resilient Urban Futures.
Motu is linked with the University of Auckland-based Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Te Pūnaha Matatini. As part of the work under this CoRE, we will be looking at how cities function as complex systems.