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Income Inequalities: the gender gap and parenthood penalty

Leading research from Professor Gail Pacheco indicates that New Zealand still faces issues of equality; the gender pay gap remains at 9.2% and worsens after motherhood. Commissioned by the Ministry for Women, Professor Pacheco’s report ‘Parenthood and Labour Market Outcomes’ showed that women across all incomes groups are less likely to be employed after becoming mothers.

News about the gender pay gap and the cost of motherhood gained media attention on 29 May 2018 and has since sparked a vigorous debate about New Zealand’s progress toward equality. Opinions were particularly high during New Zealand Suffrage Week in mid-September, with NZWRI's tweets gaining almost 7,500 impressions when reflecting on the NZ Herald article ‘Mind the Gap’.


2018 NZIER Economics Award Winner - Professor Gail Pacheco

Our Director, Professor Gail Pacheco, was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious NZIER Economics Award. This annual award seeks to highlight outstanding contributions to the advancement of economics and its applications in New Zealand. Professor Pacheco was selected as the awardee due to the diversity, quantity and quality of her work. The Award Panel made particular note of her efforts addressing New Zealand’s gender pay gap.

On the morning of 29 August 2018, AUT News published the article ‘Professor takes out economics prize’, which led to a whirlwind of praise from around the country.  NZWRI's tweets gained almost 7,000 impressions, which was accompanied by congratulatory remarks from organisations including Stats NZ, NZ Productivity Commissions, the Ministry for Women and AUT University.

NZWRI’s Facebook and LinkedIn profiles were also swamped with acclamation.


The Four-day Working Week

Deputy Director, Professor Jarrod Haar, was one of two academic researchers that were asked to analyse the impact of Perpetual Guardian’s four-day working week trial earlier this year. Results were striking; reduced working hours without a cut in pay increased employee job satisfaction, work-life balance, organisational commitment and work stimulation. Not only was the trial dubbed ‘a resounding success’, but so too was the public’s response.

News of the trial first hit the media on 19 July 2018 and was quick to circulate globally. Professor Haar’s article in The Conversation was read by 60,000 people within the first two weeks of publishing, and has since been chosen among The Conversation’s top 50 articles to fashion The Conversation Yearbook 2018. Twitter also erupted on the hashtag ‘4dayweek’ as many news outlets worldwide continued to report on the trial’s success.