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
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
GHG research has significant impact. Public funds do help.Evaluating the benefits of publicly funded research is always a challenging task. This paper cannot produce air-tight quantification of the benefits of Sustainable Land Management and Climate...Environment and agriculture policy evaluation New Zealand agriculture climate mitigation
I use newly digitised data on a million book translations for 1949–2000 to study the factors that affect the international diffusion of ideas carried by books. I estimate a gravity model and find translation flows...Productivity and innovation international comparisons
Entrepreneurship creates jobs, but few firms grow. Who survives and thrives? Owner-operated firms are an important part of the New Zealand economy. They employ approximately 30% of the private-for-profit workforce, as well as providing jobs...Population and labour employment labour market New Zealand
Falling in love with one as educated boosts inequality. Educational assortative matching among couples, i.e. the phenomenon whereby the high-educated have partners who are also high-educated, has gained attention in popular media and academic research...Population and labour inequality New Zealand education
International agreements addressing climate change must overcome the difficulties implied by the absence of an institution with the power to ensure compliance. They have to be self-enforcing: the threat of future punishment must give participants...Environment and agriculture climate mitigation climate teams
Motu still has two Motu Quantitative Economics Āheitanga Scholarships of $1,000 available for students of Māori descent who intend to study economics and plan to enroll in a second year econometrics course, or equivalent quantitative economics course at either the University of Auckland or Massey University. More...
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