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Wages, Wellbeing and Location: Slaving Away in Sydney or Cruising on the Gold Coast

Age, gender, patience.    Which people move and trade    Wellbeing for wages?    We analyse the relationships between subjective wellbeing (SWB), wages and internal migration. Our study addresses whether people make (revealed preference) location...

Migration and Gender: Who Gains and in Which Ways?

When people migrate     women become happier     men become richer    Empirical studies have consistently documented that while married men tend to lead more prosperous careers after moving than before, migration tends...

Two Countries, Sixteen Cities, Five Thousand Kilometres: How Many Housing Markets?

This paper examines whether the major cities in Australasia make up a single housing market. If there is a single housing market across both countries, then Kiwi and Aussie house prices are primarily being driven...

Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2015: How Australia Can Prosper in a Low Carbon World

In the Copenhagen Accord, 141 governments agreed that to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change, global warming must be limited to 2°C. This means fast and deep emissions reductions across the globe, and for Australia reaching...

Auckland’s Knowledge Economy: Australasian and European Comparisons

Produced for the Ministry of Economic Development as MED Occasional Paper 11/02
This paper examines one key theme of modern spatial economics relating to city development: Do the major cities within and across countries increasingly attract a disproportionate...

"No country for old men": a note on the trans-Tasman income divide

Although much work has been done analysing the possible causes of the New Zealand-Australian income gap, to date there has been little analysis of the extent to which this gap differs by gender and age.
Using...

New Zealand Housing Markets: Just a Bit-Player in the A-League?

House price trends in each of New Zealand and Australia are frequently discussed as national level developments. Sub-national developments are also important, especially where regions display idiosyncratic trends driven either by demand factors (differential income...

Capital Intensity and Welfare: Traded and Non-Traded Sector Determinants

Produced for New Zealand Economic Papers 43:1 pp. 21-39 (publication available for purchase).
Why do some countries and regions have higher capital intensity than others? This question is at the heart of economic development analyses since capital intensity, per...

Auctioning greenhouse gas emissions permits in Australia

The allocation of permits is an important design aspect of an emissions trading scheme. Traditionally, governments have favoured the free allocation of greenhouse gas permits based on individual historical emissions ("grandfathering") or industry benchmark data....

Immigrant Selection and the Returns on Human Capital in New Zealand and Australia

Commissioned by the Department of Labour as IMSED Research Report.
This paper reports findings from the first part of a larger project examining for the New Zealand-born and Australian-born as well as immigrants the economic dimensions of the...

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