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Government broadband investment policy and the ‘broadband productivity paradox’

Bronwyn Howell discusses Arthur Grimes's ultrafast broadband productivity paper at TechPolicyDaily.com.In 1987, scholar Robert Solow famously quipped that “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Since then, considerable academic effort...

Suzi Kerr on BBC World Business Matters

Business Matters is global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA. Roger Hearing is joined by guests on opposite sides of the Pacific - Shikha Dalmia, Columnist at The Week...

The elusive productivity conundrum

Fairfax business columnist, Pattrick Smellie, just published this opinion piece: Three recent publications have again thrown heat, if not much light, on New Zealand's apparently insoluble productivity problem. It seems that no matter what we do, our...

Taxpayers Union says Motu study shows UFB a waste of money: Study's findings rather more nuanced

The Taxpayers Union has seized on the findings of a study into the productivity benefits of the Ultra Fast Broadband network, saying it shows the $2b spent by the Government on the network was “money...

Ignore the naysayers: ultra-fast broadband is the best thing to happen to business since the arrival of electricity

Critics are seizing on a new report that says the Ultra Fast Broadband rollout has had no direct impact on business productivity. But those who dismiss the scheme as corporate welfare are missing the big...

Ultrafast broadband needs other investment to achieve greater productivity

The most recent research from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at whether the introduction of ultrafast broadband has had any impact on the productivity of New Zealand firms.“The simple answer to that...

Reducing carbon footprints this summer

New Zealand’s total emission rate has increased 23.2 percent since 1990, and makes up 0.2 percent of global emissions. A new online tool has been created that helps New Zealand households track and reduce their...

Motu News December 2016

In this edition:Auckland's productivity difference
Addressing the agricultural emissions question
Sir Frank Holmes Prize winner
New publications
Motu in the News
New Motu working papers
Letter from the DirectorMotu recently completed a 2+ year research partnership programme with the Productivity Hub...

Blowing Bubbles: Six big ideas to smooth out the boom and bust housing cycle

Stuff is doing a big feature on the housing market and has asked various people their ideas for fixing the 'housing bubble'. Motu's Arthur Grimes is quoted alongside the National and Labour parties, the Reserve...

Producers creating less greenhouse gas help household emissions fall

The average New Zealand household’s emissions fell 11 percent between 2006 and 2012, mostly because the production of some high-emissions goods is creating fewer greenhouse gases. If you want to  find out what your household...