Motu’s environmental and agricultural research focuses on the use and design of market-based instruments to address environmental goals, including climate change, water quality and land use change.See our work in the Environment and agriculture category
Macroeconomics looks at fiscal and monetary policies and their effects, while well-being looks at outcomes such as income, exchange rates, life expectancy and sustainability.See our work in the Wellbeing and macroeconomics category
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.See our work in the Urban and regional category
Motu is researching why firms, industries and regions are productive and how technological innovation works.
Population economics refers to research on individuals, families, households, and communities. Labour economics focuses on the world of work and covers people as workers as well as how firms behave in their role as employers.See our work in the Population and labour category
Over the past few months it has become clear that many people do not fully understand how emissions trading works in New Zealand. To help explain how the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) works,...Environment and agriculture emissions trading New Zealand climate mitigation
The paper investigates whether patent fees are an effective mechanism to deter the filing of low-quality patent applications. The study analyzes the effect on patent quality of the Patent Law Amendment Act of 1982, which...Population and labour innovation
Coastal drains and pipes combined with climatic change, need thought and action. We know climate change is happening and we know stormwater and wastewater systems are vulnerable. What we don’t know is how these impacts will...Environment and agriculture climate adaptation New Zealand infrastructure water quality
Women are paid less, but aren’t less valuable. We blame sexism.As in other OECD countries, women in New Zealand earn substantially less than men with similar observable characteristics. In this paper, we use a decade...Population and labour wages productivity measurement employment
We still await the outcome of phase two of the Government's review of the ETS. The more it resembles the Motu proposal, the better. Brian Fallow in the NZ Herald.
Motu helped create Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) focused on the characterisation and analysis of complex systems and networks. Find out more