Our strength lies in our people. Motu is among the top ten economic think tanks in the world and is the top-ranked economics organisation in New Zealand, according to the Research Papers in Economics website, which ranks all economists and economic research organisations in the world based on the quantity and quality of their research publications. According to RePEc, Motu has eight of the top 50 individual researchers in New Zealand.

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We have five senior fellows, four fellows, and two policy fellows all of whom graduated from top international universities (including Stanford, Harvard, London School of Economics, and Princeton) and have extensive research and public policy experience. They are assisted by research analysts who bring to Motu an array of different skills and interests. We also have a team of administrative staff from varying backgrounds who control our accounts, library, communications, recruitment and information technology. All are committed to building economic capacity in New Zealand and internationally.

Motu Affiliates are excellent, active researchers also working on issues related to Motu research programmes. We are governed by a board of trustees chaired by Bruce Wills, while members of the Motu international panel have agreed to act as advisers to the director. We keep track of our alumni as they head into the world after their time at Motu.

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