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90-day law research widely covered – In the News

John Kerr posted in on June 20th, 2016.

New research analysing the impact of a controversial 90-day trial period for new employees has been widely covered in the New Zealand media. The research, undertaken by Motu Public Policy and Research, found the legislation led to little change in employment rates or employee mobility. You can read more about the research, including expert commentary, […]

Little impact from 90-day hiring law – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 17th, 2016.

Laws introducing a 90-day trial period for newly hired employees have had little impact on the labour market, finds new research. An economic analysis of employee and hiring data from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust has shown that the policy has led to little change in employment rates or employee mobility. The trial […]

Business R&D spend rises – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 7th, 2016.

New Zealand businesses increased their research and development spending by more than 15 per cent in the last year, according to Statistics New Zealand. The findings come from the latest Business Operations Survey undertaken by Statistics. According to the survey, business spending on R&D has grown from $1.25 billion in 2014 to $1.44 billion in 2015. […]

‘Earthquake prone’ buildings fall in value – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on November 11th, 2015.

Placing an official  ‘earthquake prone’ sticker on a commercial building lowers its value. However, buildings which are equally earthquake prone, but not yet officially declared to be, don’t suffer the same drop in sale price, according to new new research. The findings come from a new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and […]

NZ ranks well in material wellbeing index

John Kerr posted in on July 28th, 2015.

New research has found that New Zealand ranks highly in a new index of wellbeing based on household consumption. The research, undertaken by economic and policy research institute Motu, drew on OECD student surveys covering almost 800,000 homes across 40 countries. Data on consumer goods, such as household cars and appliances, was collected by the […]

UPDATED: Funding new medicines in NZ – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 17th, 2015.

Funding new medicines in New Zealand can take over eight years and recommending a drug as high priority does not necessarily shorten its wait time, a new study finds. New research published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found that there are a substantial number of medicines awaiting funding in New Zealand by […]

The business of wildlife conservation – Wayne Linklater

John Kerr posted in on March 3rd, 2015.

Writing in the Dominion Post, Victoria University Wellington Associate Professor of Conservation Science Wayne Linklater looks at the economics of our native wildlife, saying “Wildlife conservation should not be a charity but a business.” An excerpt (read in full here): The benefits of rent-a-kakapo New Zealand’s wildlife – whales, dolphins, red deer, tahr, albatross, kiwi, […]

Book urges NZ to ‘Get off the Grass’

John Kerr posted in on August 16th, 2013.

Last night in Wellington Prof Shaun Hendy launched his new book Get Off the Grass, co-authored with the late Sir Paul Callaghan. The book argues that the key to economic growth in New Zealand is developing innovative, high tech niche markets rather than relying on our primary industries. An excerpt (via New Zealand Herald): Prosperity […]

Pure Advantage ‘Green Growth’ report in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 15th, 2012.

A report launched today by the business initiative Pure Advantage lays out a number of opportunities to boost New Zealand’s economy through ‘green growth’. Produced by London-based consultancy Vivid Economics in conjunction with the University of Auckland, the report outlines a number of  opportunities for industry and government build a better economy through environmentally conscious […]

‘Green growth: opportunities for NZ’ report – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 15th, 2012.

A major report into ‘green growth opportunities’ for New Zealand, outlining actions for industry and government to apply across several key economic sectors, was launched today at events in Auckland and Wellington. The report, commissioned by Pure Advantage and the New Zealand Green Growth Research Trust, identifies 21 ways the country can capitalise on a […]

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