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Auckland more productive than other urban centres in NZ

New Zealand ranks low compared to other developed countries when it comes to productivity. The most recent research from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust looks at whether New Zealand firms in large cities…

Motu researchers on the case against democracy, the phantom poll swings, Piketty and housing capital, why the peasants were better off than you, weapons of math destruction, what a Donald Trump academic article would look like and more

Each week interest.co.nz ask people for their top ten reading hints for Friday and the weekend. Today's Top 10 is a guest post from Loic Henry, Kate Preston, Nathan Chappell and Eyal Apatov, some Motu research analysts. More...

JAFA Inequality

Economist Brian Easton's most recent column is based on a chapter by Omonlyi Alimi, David Mare and Jacques Poot, ‘Income Inequality in New Zealand Regions’, in a recent book.

Motu offers Maori research boost

Economic and public policy research firm Motu is offering students of Maori descent a one-year $10,000 scholarship to help with work on an Honours, Masters or PhD thesis. More at Waatea News...

Rod Oram: Agriculture's great opportunity to lead the low carbon race.

New Zealand is unique in the world when it comes to agriculture and climate change, our government and farmers tell us. No we aren't, the United Nation's scientists prove to us. More from the Sunday Star…

Low biological emissions future for NZ red meat sector

MeatExportNZ has a thorough article about the release of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on Climate Change and Agriculture. You can read it here.

Parliament gets an environmental 'reality check'

Parliament's independent environmental watchdog has issued what she calls a "reality check" about the urgent need to reduce agricultural emissions. Check out Motu's Suzi Kerr and Jan Wright (the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment) on…

Addressing the agricultural emissions question

Biological emissions from agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) make up almost half New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. There is still little agreement, however, on how to address farming emissions. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research…

Emissions Trading Scheme 'not the silver bullet' for agriculture emissions, says commissioner

The NZ Herald reported on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's climate change and agriculture report and quoted Suzi Kerr here.

Motu News Update October 2016

Director’s LetterIn September I attended the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) ‘Blue Skies’ Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators in Belgium. This is a conference held every ten years to discuss what kinds…