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Suzi Kerr appointed to Interim Climate Change Commission

Motu Senior Fellow, Dr Suzi Kerr has been appointed to the Interim Climate Change Committee. The Committee's goal is getting New Zealand down to net-zero emissions by 2050, with 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by…

New human rights data and data viz tool

Based in New Zealand, and operating internationally, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is the first global project to track the human rights performance of countries around the world. This is the first set of robust,…

Lack of allowances increases borrowing by postgraduate students

As of 2013, New Zealand tertiary students studying towards postgraduate qualifications other than Honours were no longer eligible to receive student allowances. Now Isabelle Sin, a Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy in New Zealand,…

Environment Commissioner’s Zero Carbon Act recommendations – Expert reaction

The new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has released his first report, containing advice for the Government on how to implement a Zero Carbon Act and establish an independent Climate Commission. The report follows…

Migrants, Productivity, and the Construction Sector

With plans for building 100,000 new homes over the next ten years, construction is a sector at the heart of questions about New Zealand’s productivity. New research from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research finds that…

How do firms learn and become more effective?

Being able to learn is a large part of becoming more innovative, especially for businesses. Up until now however, it’s been hard to understand how firms learn and the impact that has on their productivity. Now…

Motu Annual Report 2017

The 2016-17 Annual Report for Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is now available. The Motu Annual Report tells the story of Motu throughout the year, giving both financial information and an outline of the organisation's…

New videos explain emissions trading and how it helps NZ reduce climate change

New Zealand’s 2017 election renewed debate about how emissions trading can support New Zealand’s transition to a successful low-emission economy. To help explain how the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) works, Motu Economic and…

PhD Scholarships Available

Motu is involved with Te Pūnaha Matatini, which is offering scholarships for PhD students studying a wide variety of subjects. Students will be supervised by Motu staff on three of these projects: The Science of Science Funding with Adam…

NZ water systems particularly vulnerable to climate change

The recent Edgecumbe floods saw raw sewage floating through the streets, making the clean-up extremely challenging. Six months later, 500 houses are still unliveable and flood-proofing the town remains a distant goal. The asset value of…