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Sexism the likely driver of gender pay gap – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2017.

A common argument for why the gender pay gap exists is that women tend to work in lower-paid occupations, but New Zealand research has found that even when contributions to their employers are the same, women are paid on average 84 cents for every $1 men receive. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy looked at […]

Practical ways to change the ETS – Expert Reaction + Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 31st, 2017.

Practical changes to New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) would ensure emitters reduce their greenhouse gases quicker than the current pace, according to a discussion paper released today. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research based its proposals on a series of working papers and meetings. Research fellow Suzi Kerr told stuff.co.nz that the ETS had […]

Environment Commissioner reports on agricultural greenhouse gases – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2016.

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has called for New Zealanders to work together to tackle the “complex problem of the biological greenhouse gases from agriculture”. Methane and nitrous oxide form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, but there have been many false starts in dealing with […]

Price effect of breaking away from Kyoto Protocol – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 16th, 2016.

A new report says the Government would have got better bang for its buck if it had de-linked the emissions trading scheme promptly after announcing it would not sign up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research released the paper today, outlining the financial consequences of leaving […]

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 […]

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