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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 News January 2020

From the Executive Director of Motu Research Kia ora koutou and happy 2020.  Looking back, it has been nearly 11 months since I began my role as Executive Director. During my time at Motu,...

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...

Occupational drift blogs

Occupational drift captures the gradual evolution of occupational mix over time as a proportion of the total workforce. It's arguably the best measure of long-run labour market change from the perspective of workers. Our Dave Maré...

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 costsBy Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global ChangeTo meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change—keeping global warming...

Coverage of Early Childhood Education workforce statistics

A recent report by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research focusses on the characteristics of the ECE workforce including how often people enter and leave the sector and where workers come from and move to....

Coverage of digital inclusion and wellbeing paper

New research by Motu's Arthur Grimes and Dominic White 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....

Coverage of medical specialists pay and gender bias

The gender pay gap is alive and well in District Health Boards (DHB) at the senior doctor level according to research from Motu's Isabelle Sin and Bronwyn Bruce-Brand. This was covered in:
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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...