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Isabelle Sin appointed to Fair Pay Agreement Working Group

Isabelle Sin, one of Motu's Fellows, has been appointed to the Fair Pay Agreement Working Group. The Terms of Reference for the working group are on the MBIE website.The working group will look at:the criteria...

Worsening of gender wage gap one of the penalties of becoming a mother

The most famous mother-to-be in the country is due to give birth in less than a month, after which she plans to head back to work and her prime ministerial salary. That’s not the norm...

Coverage of parenthood and gender wage gap paper

NZ is similar to the rest of the world in that the gender pay gap is larger among parents than people without children. Research from Isabelle Sin, Kabir Dasgupta and Gail Pacheco shows the hourly...

Can government-funded fiber networks close digital divides?

A political policy shibboleth frequently trundled out to accompany proposals for government-funded infrastructures is that government-funded fiber networks will close digital divides between population groups: rich and poor, rural and urban, advantaged and disadvantaged ethnic...

Budget Hot Takes from Motu Researchers

Several of Motu's researchers commented on elements of the first Labour/Green/NZ First budget:In The Spinoff - Catherine Leining opines on why this must be the last budget where climate change isn’t a top priority
The Science...

Motu research analysts top ten weekend reads

Motu research analysts on ending inequality in one ‘easy’ step, passing exams without studying, mansion taxes, volcanic smog, drug prices, whether carbon taxes kill jobs, the economic guide to picking a uni course, two obligatory...

Motu News - May 2018

From the Interim Director of Motu ResearchWelcome to Motu News May 2018! Motu Research is known for quality research on wide-ranging public policy issues amenable to economic analysis. In this issue we report on research...

Just doing tomorrow: Suzi Kerr

The NZ climate change podcast imaginemyrelief interviewed Suzi Kerr recently and together they tried imagining a future where emissions are finally under control. Check it out.Below is a list of the major topics at different time...

How many children should we have for the country?

New Zealand's population is growing quickly but some economists and environmentalists say population growth comes at a cost. Dr Suzi Kerr from Motu and Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University discuss the economic and environmental...

Ultrafast Broadband Rollout Increases Access in Deprived Urban Areas

The New Zealand Government has spent over $1 billion since 2008 developing an ‘ultra-fast broadband’ (UFB) network. A new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at the access that New Zealanders...