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Motu researchers on the politics of pandanomics, the perils of fruit juice, the perks of deactivating Facebook, the best time to score, and whether weeds can save the world...

Every couple of months, Motu research analysts provide the articles that have interested them to interest.co.nz Check out this month's list.

Greenhouse gas emissions: Govt opts for harsher penalties

The government has proposed further changes to the emissions trading scheme, including tougher penalties and higher costs for emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Our Catherine Leining talks about why some of the proposed changes to...

Climate Change Legislation Reform a Complex Tango

Commentary on Tranche Two Decisions on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme by Catherine LeiningReforming New Zealand’s climate change legislation is a complex tango. Where the Zero Carbon Amendment Bill leads, NZ ETS amendments must follow....

Local expert opinion on prices is a good substitute for a full-fledged market price survey – since local prices are often missing this is great news

The comparison of poverty rates across two countries, or across regions within a country, is a common occurrence in analysis produced at the World Bank and other development agencies, as well as in published academic...

New Zealand’s well-being approach to budget is not new, but could shift major issues

At the end of this month, New Zealand will release its first “Well-being Budget”. It builds on treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF), published last December, which introduced a suite of well-being measures, including cultural identity,...

WTF is a wellbeing budget

Arthur Grimes discusses the upcoming wellbeing budget on the Two Cents Worth podcast from RNZ and Newsroom. There are two fundamental problems with GDP. Firstly, it overlooks unpaid work like parenting and the work of unpaid...

How tough is it for the middle class in New Zealand?

Our Arthur Grimes is interviews in this Noted NZ Listener story looking at how money worries have set off a wave of populist politics in most Western democracies, but not here. Is that because our...

The clash between science and silence

Lincoln University was silenced for over two months due to a clause in a research contract with South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu which forced it to seek written permission before speaking publicly. See the Newsroom...

Census delays and missing data

About 10% of the population didn't fill in the Census. This is higher than normal (estimated to be 2.4% in 2013). A further 5.5% of respondents left some bits blank - which is normal (5%+...

It's not just The Warehouse going carbon neutral; people are doing it too

An article from Stuff using our household emissions tool to see if the general public can go carbon neutral.