Document Library

The Institute publishes research on a range of news forums. In addition to the research reports mentioned below, most authors present their findings at seminars and symposiums. Copies of their presentations are found on the left menu together with a record of our working papers.


    Workplace Health and Safety in the Home and Community Care sector

    Funder: Home and Community Health Association

    The aim of this literature review was to understand the causes and drivers of workplace injury in home-based health and disability support services. The literature review was based on international academic research, government generated research and reports, reputable consultancy organisations and other organisations such as unions.
    This report is confidential.


    2017 World Internet Project Survey: Results for Auckland

    Funder: Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) and Auckland Council

    As a co-sponsor of the 2017 World Internet Project, Auckland Council sanctioned a report that analysed internet usage for the Auckland sub-sample. Understanding Aucklanders' current internet access, usage patterns and attitudes towards the internet assists the council, its partners, central government agencies and stakeholders in the private sector, to develop policies and programmes bringing positive change in internet use in Auckland.
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    Health Care Homes: Early Evidence in Wellington

    Funder: Productivity Commission

    This report presents a case study analysis on one part of the New Zealand healthcare system. We focus on the NZ Health Care Home initiative and investigate the impact of its implementation on a wide array of health events.
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    UN Women's Empowerment Principles Survey

    Funder: United Nations Women

    The aim of this survey is to uncover policies and practices within New Zealand’s largest organisations on behalf of the United Nations Women, with a specific focus on the seven Women’s Empowerment Principles.
    View the 2018 report
    View the 2017 report
    View the 2016 report
    View the 2015 report


    Individualising entitlements in New Zealand's benefit and social assistance systems

    Funder: Superu

    The purpose of this report is to examine the possibility of modernising New Zealand's welfare and social assistance system to remove or reduce reliance on the couple-based unit of assessment and the associated requirement for relationship status testing.


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    Parenthood and labour market outcomes

    Funder: Ministry for Women

    This is a report commissioned by the Ministry for Women, and written in conjunction with Motu. This study combines administrative monthly earnings data, birth records, and survey information on hours worked and earnings to describe the labour market outcomes of men and women as they have children, as well as how parenthood contributes to the gender pay gap in NZ.
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    View the summary


    Residential movement within New Zealand: Quantifying and characterising the transient population

    Funder: Superu

    The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit manages a Ministerial fund for social sector research. It is under that umbrella that this project was commissioned. This study presents the first attempt at quantifying the scale of transience and vulnerable transience in NZ, and a description of who these people are. Understanding who is at risk of being transient will inform the work of a number of social sector agencies who deliver services to vulnerable populations.
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    Low pay in NZ

    Funder: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

    This research aims to better understand the low pay sector within New Zealand, and the changing nature of this group in recent years. A particular focus of the study was on identifying who is low paid, to build a comprehensive portrait with regard to their individual, household, and job characteristics, over the period 2006 to 2015. This is the first time that the the IDI has been interrogated in this way.
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    World Internet Project

    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. It is a national sample administered in multiple formats: telephone, paper and online. The repeated nature of this survey enables domestic trends to be identified and international comparisons made.

    The 2017 report is the first produced by the NZ Work Research Institute. It surveyed 2012 people about their usage and attitudes towards the internet. A wide range of questions are asked about what devices people use, where they use them, and the time spent on the internet. We question people about their online activities such as information seeking, entertainment, buying or selling products, communicating with others, social networking and posting content online.
    View the report
    Find out more about WIP


    Empirical evidence of the gender pay gap in New Zealand

    Funder: Ministry for Women

    The size of the gender pay gap in NZ is approximately 12%, based on 2015 data. This is consistent with that found by Dixon (2003), indicating that the gender pay differential hasn’t narrowed in the last decade. We examine this gap with the Oaxaca Blinder decomposition method and find that just over 83% of the gap is unexplained; after controlling for differences in individual, household, occupation, industry and other job characteristics. We also test the robustness of the results with use of a matching approach and continue to find that the unexplained proportion dominates. Finally, we test the hypotheses of a glass ceiling and sticky floor and find evidence in favour of the former, with the proportion of the pay gap that is unexplained rising as we move up the wage distribution.
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    Explaining ethnic disparities in bachelor's qualifications: participation, retention and completion in NZ

    Funder: Productivity Commission

    There are substantial ethnic gaps in higher education in NZ, despite more than a decade of considerable policy effort aimed at this concern. This study uses newly linked administrative data to examine the underachievement of Māori and Pasifika relative to Europeans. We follow a population cohort born between 1990 and 1994 from school through to young adulthood to assess the relative contributions of prior academic performance, socioeconomic status and parental education to these gaps.
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    Prior to 2017