Infrastructure is a crucial input into economic production, and provision of infrastructure is a key avenue through which government may materially raise economic productivity. Recognising the importance of infrastructure investment, the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology granted Motu and its research partners a four-year research grant to examine the impacts that infrastructure investments have on New Zealand's economic development.
The programme has resulted in a range of empirical research studies that examine the impacts of specific and general infrastructure investments in this country. It has also resulted in contributions addressing theoretical and funding aspects related to infrastructure investment.
Grimes, Arthur. 2010. "Infrastructure: New Findings for New Zealand," Policy Quarterly 6:4, pp. 3-8. Available online here.