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Drivers of Urban Development in New Zealand

New research by Stuart Donovan, Arthur Grimes and David Maré uses census data to reveal the drivers that influence urban development in New Zealand. The modelling looks at data from 132 NZ towns and cities…

Where do our bright young things choose to settle after graduation?

A highly-educated population is one of the key drivers of local growth and prosperity. One of the main challenges facing non-metropolitan regions is the attraction and retention of tertiary educated graduates. What are the specific drivers…

How will climate change-induced increases in extreme rainfall effect EQC liabilities?

Weather-related hazards have already cost the EQC $450 million in (inflation adjusted) payouts since the year 2000.   New research by Jacob Pastor-Paz, Ilan Noy, Isabelle Sin, Abha Sood, David Fleming-Munoz, and Sally Owen has found that…

Why are there more accidents on Mondays?

Previous research has found there are more workers’ compensation claims for injuries on Mondays than on any other day of the week. This is often called the “Monday Effect”. New research published by Motu Economic and…

Motu’s Catherine Leining appointed as a Climate Change Commissioner

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is proud to announce the appointment of Catherine Leining as a New Zealand Climate Change Commissioner. Ms Leining is a Motu Policy Fellow and has over 26 years of international…

The impact of ultra-fast broadband on workers and firms

After New Zealand’s central government initiated a large roll-out of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) in 2011, the use of UFB by firms increased markedly. 21 percent of firms had broadband in 2010, rising to 55 percent…

Taking the carbon out of construction

Engineered wood could cut building emissions and costs By Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change To meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change—keeping global warming…

Pay of medical specialists in New Zealand is gender biased

The gender pay gap is alive and well in District Health Boards (DHB) at the senior doctor level according to research out today. “Women specialists earn on average 12.5 percent lower hourly wages than men,” said…

Analysis of early childhood education workforce

The early childhood education (ECE) sector has changed over the last decade, from mainly community-based, not-for-profit services to mainly privately-owned services. With the increase in demand for ECE, there is also an increase in the…

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…