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
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
Motu is researching why firms, industries and regions are productive and how technological innovation works.
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’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.See our work in the Environment and resources category
While the NZ population overall continues to grow, a large proportion of towns and communities in rural or peripheral areas exhibit near-certain stagnation (Cameron infra) or decline in their populations (Jack & Brabyn infra). This...Urban and regional migration New Zealand agglomeration
Smart investment needs Clear ETS price signals Set caps with price bands Early in 2016 Motu Economic and Public Policy Research gathered together a group of participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors...Environment and resources emissions trading climate mitigation New Zealand
Job loss hurts workers low employment and earnings even with support. This paper analyses the longer term impacts of involuntary job loss of workers subsequent employment, earnings, and income support in New...Population and labour labour market employment wages New Zealand
Berlin’s wall crumbled We taxed savings, not houses Locking out the young. This paper provides an analysis of how the New Zealand tax system may be affecting residential property markets. Like most OECD countries,...Wellbeing and macroeconomics taxes housing and property New Zealand
Clean water is good Does it reduce climate change? Alas, not that much. This report is a synthesis of results from two independent studies and was originally prepared for the...Environment and resources New Zealand climate mitigation water quality agriculture
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