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Price Effects of Special Housing Areas in Auckland

Housing prices in Auckland have persistently increased in the last decade. To fast-track development of housing, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) were created in 2003 to improve affordability. Dr Mario Andres Fernandez presents his paper investigating the causal effects of the SHAs programme on housing prices. This seminar is co-hosted with AUT's School of Economics.

The Effect of Interest Caps on Bankruptcy

Payday loans have the potential to both help and harm consumers. In this paper, Dr Kabir Dasgupta uses interest-rate caps as quasi-experiments to test whether access to payday credit affects delinquencies and bankruptcies. This seminar is hosted by the Department of Economics at Auckland University.

April 2019 Newsletter

In this issue, we highlight the success of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement report launch and other seminars, selected published research, and acknowledge recent accolades of NZWRI members. Have a read!

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a two-year fixed-term position. You will join a core group of economists, working in public economics; health education and labour economics; demography; urban economics and related fields. You will also work closely with our Director, Professor Gail Pacheco, who was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious NZIER Economics Award. Apply now.

The Value of Care: the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement

This is an open event to launch the report 'The Value of Care: Understanding the impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement on the residential aged care, home and community care and disability sectors'. Dr Julie Douglas and Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood conducted focus groups and interviews with managers and care and support workers to understand how the pay equity settlement affected them. View the report.

Productivity of Housing Construction

On 14 February 2019, the Productivity Hub hosted Dr Nan Jiang to present a literature discussion and scoping exercise of NZ's housing construction sector.
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World Internet Project: Results for Auckland

The World Internet Project (WIP) is a major, international, collaborative project looking at the social, political and economic impact of the internet and other new technologies. As a co-sponsor of the 2017 WIP New Zealand survey, Auckland Council permitted a booster sample to be collected and analysed for internet usage in the Auckland sub-sample.

Health Care Homes: Early Evidence in Wellington

Dr Kabir Dasgupta and Professor Gail Pacheco present a case study analysis of innovation in one part of the New Zealand healthcare system. This paper focuses on the NZ Health Care Home initiative and investigates the impact of its implementation on a wide array of health events.

Women and diversity explored at the Peace Symposium 2018

AUT Director of Diversity, Professor Edwina Pio, spoke about peace and diversity at the Peace Symposium 2018. "Peace-building is a multi-layered and delicate process. Beyond the absence of conflict, it focuses on restoring dignity and worth".

Diverse workforce explored in the New Zealand Aged Care Conference

Professor Edwina Pio, University Director of Diversity, was part of the diversity and inclusion in the workplace panel at the recent New Zealand Aged Care Conference. The panel discussed how the aged care sector can engage and work productively with migrants and enhance relationships with all employees, while delivering quality care for residents.

Professor takes out economics prize

AUT Professor Gail Pacheco has received the 2018 NZIER Economics Award in recognition of research that provides insights to social issues affecting the country. Gail's work stood out to the Awarding Panel due its diversity, quantity and quality.

Counting what counts for women at work

New Zealand celebrates 125 years of suffrage in September. Employment Today asked Professor Gail Pacheco how well we are doing in terms of gender equity at work.

Parenthood and labour market outcomes

New report commissioned by the Ministry for Women, and written in conjunction with Motu. See also 1News, NZ Herald, The Conversation, Radio NZ, NewstalkZB, Stuff ,  Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane Times, WA Today and Victorious.


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