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
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
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
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
Sea creeps up, storms surge. Wet feet look to higher land but pause, loving home.Many communities and iwi in coastal and flood-prone locations face an uncertain future because of climate change, with rising sea levels...Environment and agriculture climate adaptation New Zealand
This roundtable was convened by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in collaboration with the New Zealand Productivity Commission, the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Environmental Defence...Environment and agriculture climate mitigation climate adaptation low-emission future New Zealand policy evaluation
New Zealand is a small open economy, with large international labor flows and skilled immigrants. Since 2000, employment growth has kept pace with strong migration-related population growth. While overall employment rates have remained relatively stable,...Population and labour New Zealand labour market
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
Postgrad allowance removed. Students borrow more. Not much else changes. From 1 January 2013, students in New Zealand who entered postgraduate qualifications other than Honours were no longer eligible to receive student...Population and labour education New Zealand
We still await the outcome of phase two of the Government's review of the ETS. The more it resembles the Motu proposal, the better. Brian Fallow in the NZ Herald.
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