environment & resources

Motu’s environmental research focuses on the use and design of market-based instruments to address environmental goals, including climate change, water quality and land use change.

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urban & regional

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.

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wellbeing & macro-economics

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.

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population & labour

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.

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productivity & innovation

Motu is researching why firms, industries and regions are productive and how technological innovation works.

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"...in countries where governments intervene more frequently in the economy there is a higher degree of self-reported happiness among citizens. They note that while these findings cannot strictly be taken as evidence that social democratic policies are better in a normative sense overall, the results suggest that more research is required on the impact of a country’s political context on the happiness of its citizens." - Patrick Flavin, Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff, London School of Economics Blog.



Center of Research Excellence

Motu helped create Te Pūnaha Matatini, a new Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) focused on the characterisation and analysis of complex systems and networks. Find out more

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