The New Zealand Work Research Institute provides high quality research across a broad multidisciplinary programme concerned with people and work.



Michael Fletcher: Welfare system needs radical shake up

After nine years of National's so-called welfare reform, there is a certain irony in the fact that one of the most urgent tasks facing the new Government is welfare reform. The lesson is that welfare is for us all. It is not the "us-and-them" thing National would have had us believe.



Strengthening our team of experts

We welcome research fellow, Dr Alexander Plum to the NZWRI team. Most recently, Alex has been working with the German Federal Ministry of Finance. He comes to us with a strong background in labour economics and is experienced in handling large data-sets.
See the article Does it pay off to work on a low wage? in the Insights 2017 report published by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.



Increasing minimum wage will cost jobs

Economist, Dr Eric Crampton cites research by Gail Pacheco and Tim Maloney to support his argument on why Working for Families is a better way of supporting the incomes of the working poor than minimum wages.
See also The big minimum wage hike.



Managing mental illness at work

Dr Helena Cooper-Thomas, professor of organisational behaviour at AUT, says "bosses should be setting norms around maintaining healthy balance and being role models."



Empirical evidence of the gender pay gap in NZ

Report commissioned by the Ministry for Women



Y-NEET Population in NZ

Overview video of Vodafone Foundation commissioned study