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 and agriculture 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
Being a mother means decreased hours and wages. No such change for dads. This paper is an initial exploration of what we can learn regarding the drivers of the gender pay gap in New...Population and labour labour market New Zealand
People think of fun when migrating, not just jobs. Happiness is key. Why do people migrate from one country to another? People may move not just to increase their income but also for their broader wellbeing,...Wellbeing and macroeconomics well-being international comparisons migration wages
New fibre broadband: Addressing deprivation In urban areas. Using data on internet access for New Zealand’s 46,637 meshblocks, we examine issues of path dependence and the digital divide. We test whether areas that...Urban and regional infrastructure New Zealand technology diffusion
All have human rights. But to reach their fulfilment We need measurement.This paper details a new methodology developed to measure civil and political rights violations in a pilot sample of 13 diverse countries. In doing...Human rights human rights international comparisons
The Productivity Commission's draft report into a Low Emission Economy is looking for feedback. Submissions are due on 8 June.
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