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Arthur Grimes

Working paper

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...
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Amenities and the attractiveness of New Zealand cities

This new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenge uses census rent and wage data to compile quality of life and quality of business measures for 130 towns and cities in New Zealand.
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Moving towards happiness

We add to the literature on the driving forces of international migration. While the existing literature establishes that income differences, migration costs, and certain other factors (e.g. climate or human rights) affect the migration decision, we focus on the broader role of nonpecuniary factors. We...
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Sustainable economic policy and well-being: The relationship between adjusted net savings and subjective well-being

We analyse the relationship between subjective wellbeing (SWB) and the World Bank’s measure of a country’s economic sustainability, adjusted net savings (ANS). We model SWB at individual level and at aggregated group level as a function of past ANS levels, after controlling for a country’s...
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Is internet on the right track? The digital divide, path dependence, and the rollout of New Zealand’s ultra-fast broadband

Inequality has many faces, and exists both within and between many societal groups. In this analysis, the face of inequality that we explore is people’s access to new ultra-fast broadband technologies. Such access may be instrumental in improving an individual’s place within society in this...
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