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
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 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
Motu is researching why firms, industries and regions are productive and how technological innovation works.
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
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
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
A new report released by the Deep South Challenge this month recommends increasing the availability of plain-language resources about climate change in both English and te reo Māori, framing scientific information for application to practical...Environment and agriculture New Zealand policy evaluation climate adaptation
Beams of light and warmth Make a house desirable, and we value them. Sunlight influences people’s real estate decisions, but city intensification may reduce sunlight exposure for neighbouring properties, causing a negative...Urban and regional housing and property 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
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