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 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
In diverse cities wages and rents are higher. Firms gain, folks less so.This paper revisits whether cultural diversity is a source of local production and/or consumption amenities. We adapt the analytical framework of Roback...Population and labour New Zealand agglomeration Auckland wages well-being
We extend the Easterlin Paradox (EP) literature in two key respects. First, we test whether income comparisons matter for subjective wellbeing both when own incomes are compared with others within the country (intra-national) and with...Wellbeing and macroeconomics well-being international comparisons
Climate change threatens our transport system. We need clear rules and signals. Love cars and hate trains? Love trains and hate planes? Love your bike but rely on trucks, trains, ships or planes to get...Environment infrastructure transport climate adaptation New Zealand
The state of freshwater in New Zealand is in decline. This is increasingly well documented in Ministry reports and other government documents. For this reason, I am generally supportive of the more comprehensive directionproposed for freshwater management...Environment water quality New Zealand
Commentary on the worldwide human rights situation is often characterised by assertions of an unfolding human rights crisis in much of the developing world, and back-sliding in some of the world’s major democracies. Clearly human rights violations are far...Human rights
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