Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Working paper

Why are there more accidents on Mondays? Economic incentives, ergonomics or externalities

Research suggests that more workplace injuries occur on Mondays than on other weekdays. One hypothesis is that workers fraudulently claim that off-the-job weekend sprains occurred at work on the Monday in order to receive workers’ compensation. The authors test this using data from New Zealand...
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Commuting to diversity

In this study, the authors examined measures of exposure to local cultural diversity based on where people work as well as where they live. Their measure of cultural diversity is based on country of birth, with ethnicity breakdowns for the New Zealand (NZ) born.
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Measuring the "gig" economy: challenges and options

There is concern among policymakers about the effect of gig work on the financial stability of gig workers. This paper provides a New Zealand-specific typology for identifying gig work, and discusses conceptual and practical issues related to measuring it.
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Housing markets and migration – evidence from New Zealand

This paper analyses the relationship between local area housing and population size and migrant-status composition, using population data from the 1986–2013 New Zealand Censuses, house sales price data from Quotable Value New Zealand, rent data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and building...
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The contrasting importance of quality of life and quality of business for domestic and international migrants

International migrants are more attracted to cities with productive amenities whereas domestic migrants are more attracted to places with consumption amenities. Thus, in deciding on the type of city amenity to enhance, city officials implicitly choose the type of migrant that they attract as well...