Motu Research is the top-ranked economics organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, according to the Research Papers in Economics website, which ranks all economists and economic research organisations in the world based on the quantity and quality of their research publications.
We help Kiwi decision makers grapple with complex social and environmental issues with world class economic and public policy research.
Motu is independent and never advocates an expressed ideology or political position. A not-for-profit and charitable trust, Motu is founded on the belief that sound public policy depends on rigorous research, accompanied by well-informed and reasoned debate.
Motu Research is the top-ranked economics organisation in Aotearoa New Zealand. Motu is also among the top 10 climate think tanks globally. This is all because of the quality of our researchers.
Motu was first dreamed up at Harvard University in the early 1990s, when a group of Kiwi graduate students discussed a vision to return to New Zealand and dedicate themselves full-time to independent public policy research.