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
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’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
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
Pacific migrants: high employment, low pay rates, trapped by poor English. New Zealand has a long history of migration from the Pacific. Migrants from the Pacific, like all people moving to a new...Population and labour migration New Zealand housing and property health labour market wages
Local job networks promote growth in big cities, but not in small towns. We derive a measure of the relatedness between economic activities based on weighted correlations of local employment shares, and use this measure...Urban and regional New Zealand agglomeration labour market innovation employment infrastructure
Carbon farming onland: taonga tuku iho.Decisions explored.Carbon farming, or the provision of CO2 credits, represents an opportunity for Māori landowners to receive carbon credits from reforestation or afforestation. This study explores the nature of the...Environment and agriculture forestry emissions trading New Zealand Maori land value land use
Contracts for forests could support planting natives if trees are valued. When it comes to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through forestry, New Zealand could lose valuable opportunities to support native biodiversity if investors see only...Environment and agriculture forestry New Zealand land use emissions trading emissions pricing Maori
This article analyzes earnings dynamics and measurement error using a matched longitudinal sample of individuals’ survey and administrative earnings. In line with previous literature, the reported differences are characterized by both persistent and transitory factors....Population and labour wages New Zealand employment
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