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
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 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
More competition to lift productivity (Where) can we see that? We demonstrate the power of recently redeveloped productivity microdata to produce a range of meaningful competition indicators highlighting different aspects of industry competitiveness. Combining these competition metrics into...Productivity and innovation productivity measurement New Zealand competition
Businesses do fail. Things get worse in recessions as costs rise sharply. We examine the question of whether the rate of business insolvencies in New Zealand is related to overall macroeconomic conditions. In...Wellbeing and macroeconomics New Zealand monetary policy labour market competition national income
People need houses. More people higher prices, wherever they’re from. This paper analyses the relationship between local area housing and population size and migrant-status composition, using population data from the 1986–2013 New Zealand Censuses, house...Urban and regional migration housing and property New Zealand rental market
International and local urban migrants differ in their tastes We examine whether bilateral regional migration flows are driven by the city’s quality of life (QL) or quality of business (QB). The QL and QB measures are...Urban and regional New Zealand well-being productivity measurement migration
Using an economy-wide model, we evaluate the impact of policies to meet South Korea’s Paris pledge to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% relative those under business as usual (BAU) in 2030. Simulated BAU...Environment climate mitigation emissions trading emissions pricing policy evaluation
Saving the construction industry - article in Newsroom.
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