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Digital inclusion and wellbeing in New Zealand

New research using four large-scale surveys of New Zealanders shows those in social housing and people with disabilities appear to be particularly disadvantaged with respect to internet access. Just 69 percent of those living in Housing…

Finding out more about the ‘gig’ economy

Motu today released research exploring how to go about measuring gig work. "Gig" once meant a live performance by a musician or group. It now refers to any work that is temporary or that has…

Culturally diverse locations good for business

Between 1981 and 2013, the proportion of the adult population born overseas rose from 18 percent to 29 percent. The increase in the foreign-born adult population was particularly strong in larger urban areas. In Auckland, the…

A+ student wins Sir Frank Holmes Prize in 2019

The Sir Frank Holmes Scholarship is named for one of New Zealand's past great economists. It is generously sponsored by The Hugo Group and is awarded annually to New Zealand's top third year university student…

How to have quality freshwater and plenty of it

Julia Talbot-Jones of Victoria University of Wellington and Freshwater Programme Lead at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research argues against piecemeal measures to improve our rivers and waterways. Water is the primary medium through which the world will…

‘Ground zero’: How will climate-driven drought impact rural communities?

New economic research commissioned by the Deep South Challenge, co-funded by Manaaki Whenua: Landcare Research and with the support of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research will investigate the impact of climate change-driven drought on vulnerable…

Motu’s John McDermott wins NZ’s Top Economics Award

The Executive Director of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, John McDermott, has won the NZIER Economics Award. This is Aotearoa’s most prestigious award for economists in New Zealand. Dr McDermott joins other Motu economists who…

Fighting Climate Change a Bonus for Planting Native Trees

Over the last three years researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research have worked with Hikurangi Enterprises Ltd to scope Māori landowner interest in native forest regeneration and carbon farming.  “With the introduction of the…

Zero Carbon Bill - oral submission from Catherine Leining and John McDermott

John McDermott is the Executive Director and Catherine Leining is a Policy Fellow at at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington. This is the oral submission to the Environment Select Committee they made…

Who will win the 2019 Rugby World Cup?

Niven Winchester is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic & Policy Research. He specializes in economy-wide modelling for climate policy analysis. He spent 10 years as a Principle Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of…