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How International Cooperation Can Help Bridge The Climate Commitment Gap In Aotearoa

Friday, 26 November 2021, 10:18 am | MOTU

One success of the latest global climate summit (COP26) held in Glasgow was the completion of a rulebook for international carbon markets. This rulebook can help Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries meet climate emissions reduction commitments ... More >>

Rise in accommodation supplements cause modest rent rise

Thursday, 19 July 2018, 3:08 pm | MOTU

The accommodation supplement benefit is the government’s largest direct investment in private sector housing subsidies. It provides assistance with housing costs for 11 percent of the population, with about two-thirds of recipients being renters. ... More >>

Broadband Rollout Increases Access in Deprived Areas

Friday, 11 May 2018, 9:54 am | MOTU

The New Zealand Government has spent over $1 billion since 2008 developing an ‘ultra-fast broadband’ (UFB) network. A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at the access that New Zealanders have to this rollout, with special ... More >>

Migrants, Productivity, and the Construction Sector

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:38 pm | MOTU

With plans for building 100,000 new homes over the next ten years, construction is a sector at the heart of questions about New Zealand’s productivity. More >>

Sexism to blame for majority of gender wage gap

Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 9:04 am | MOTU

A world first examination of the gender wage gap has researched employees’ productivity to see how much sexism is to blame for the difference in women and men’s pay. More >>

MOTU Ranked 10th in The World for Climate Change Work

Friday, 30 June 2017, 9:49 am | MOTU

A tiny research organisation from New Zealand has ranked tenth in the world for climate change work internationally and second for think tanks outside of Europe and North America. More >>

Finding A Value for Sunshine

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 10:53 am | MOTU

It is a truth commonly acknowledged that a house that gets more exposure to sunlight is more attractive, especially in ‘temperate’ climates like New Zealand’s. Until now, however, the value of that sunshine has not been calculated. More >>

Workers who lose their jobs are disadvantaged for years

Monday, 29 May 2017, 9:18 am | MOTU

Losing a job is well known to be one of the more stressful life events. What is less well-known is the impact of job-loss in the future and whether government benefits provide adequate support. More >>

The Happiness of the Long-Distance Mover

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 9:32 am | MOTU

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 that most people who move end up ... More >>

Using Consumption to Measure Wellbeing

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 9:56 am | MOTU

Many Governments and economists are looking for better measures to assess how different populations are faring. Wellbeing is often proposed as a complementary measure to GDP, but there is much bickering about how to measure something as amorphous as ‘life ... More >>

90 day trial periods have little to no effect

Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:02 am | MOTU

The introduction of 90-day trial periods in 2009 was controversial, with the government promoting the initiative as likely to increase hiring, particularly of disadvantaged job-seekers, and unions concerned that workers would be at risk of unscrupulous employment ... More >>

Christchurch workers more likely to have jobs and earn more

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 10:24 am | MOTU

Since devastating earthquakes struck over five years ago, workers in the Greater Christchurch region have bounced back from short-term job loss and are now more likely to have jobs, less likely to be on the dole, and have higher earnings on average ... More >>

Re-activating the NZ ETS

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:52 am | MOTU

While New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) was a world first in many respects, it was calibrated to operate in a world which no longer exists. “Fundamentally, the NZ ETS offers a sound foundation for supporting New Zealand’s contribution ... More >>

Growth-maximising fiscal policies

Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 9:45 am | MOTU

For years, research has told us that income taxes are worse for economic growth than GST. Governments still, however, raise more money from taxes on personal income than from indirect taxes such as GST. A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy ... More >>

Two countries, 16 cities, but only one housing market

Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 11:07 am | MOTU

Two countries, 16 cities, 5,000km, but only one housing market Kiwis often talk about the Auckland housing market as if it were a lone wolf, unconnected to anything else in the country. Now, however, economic research shows that not only is Auckland ... More >>

Kiwi expertise leading the world on emissions trading

Wednesday, 9 March 2016, 10:39 am | MOTU

Kiwi expertise leading the world on emissions trading A New Zealand economist has just helped launch a report that will help any country in the world set up an emissions trading system. “Many countries have indicated that they intend to use emissions ... More >>

We’ll always have Paris

Friday, 18 December 2015, 10:54 am | MOTU

This week, 195 countries reached the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It breaks new ground by bringing developed and developing countries under a common legal framework for achieving “nationally determined contributions” ... More >>

Sticker discount for earthquake-prone commercial buildings

Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 9:29 am | MOTU

Since devastating earthquakes struck Canterbury nearly five years ago, public interest in seismic safety has sharply increased. The economic impact of the rebuild is widely known, however, more subtle economic effects are also occurring. More >>

NZer's Concerned about Climate Change and Taking Actions

Friday, 15 May 2015, 10:14 am | MOTU

Majority of New Zealanders are concerned about climate change and taking actions that reduce emissions More >>

Motu Tackles Emissions Trading

Friday, 28 September 2007, 9:40 am | MOTU

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, New Zealand’s leading independent economic research institute, is leading a Foundation for Research, Science and Technology-funded research programme that looks at climate change and ways to lessen its environmental ... More >>