Working paper

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.
Conference paper

Harness the ‘love’ – using social connections to re-frame how we manage urban nature reserves

Australian cities are increasingly important for the conservation of threatened species and their habitat, supporting more species per unit area than non-urban regions. Canberra is a case in point with its existing suburbs and greenfield developments occurring alongside nationally threatened ecological communities and species in...

Cities and growth: human capital location choice: accounting for amenities and thick labour markets

This paper investigates determinants of the location choices of degree- and non-degree-holders. With a multinomial logit model, it tests a series of hypotheses about the differential effects of thick labor markets and amenities on the location choice of these groups across metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas...
Journal article

The Amenity Principle, Internal Migration, and Rural Development in Australia

This article finds that communities with high relative accessibility to metropolitan and urban centers and the coast and an established or emerging tourism industry have been most likely to experience net migration gains. Yet amenity migration also intersects with more traditional rural land uses and...
Journal article

A creativity-led rural renaissance? Amenity-led migration, the creative turn and the uneven development of rural Australia

This paper explores the relationships between amenity, creativity, internal migration processes and economic development in a significant proportion of rural Australia.
Working paper

Wages, wellbeing and location: slaving away in Sydney or cruising on the Gold Coast

We analyse the relationships between subjective wellbeing (SWB), wages and internal migration. Our study addresses whether people make (revealed preference) location decisions based on SWB and/or wage prospects. We present both a theoretical intertemporal location choice model and empirical analyses using the Australian longitudinal HILDA...
Conference paper

Tipped Off: Residential amenity and the changing distribution of household waste disposal in Melbourne

This paper explores how the geography of household putrescible waste disposal facilities (tips and landfills) has changed in Melbourne over the period 1966 to thepresent; and how this may relate to residential amenity.