Publications

IMF Technical Assistance Report to the People’s Republic of China: Tax Policy and Employment Creation Alexander Klemm, Isaias Coelho, Alan Duncan, Li Liu BCEC Director Alan Duncan was invited to be part of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) Expert Mission to the People’s Republic of China, to prepare a Technical Assistance Report on the impact of tax policy on employment in China. The... Read article 1 March 2018Research Reports Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2018 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the ninth edition of the BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update. Produced monthly, this economic commentary explores the latest labour force data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), providing expert insights and analysis around key labour market indicators. Key findings from January... Read article 23 February 2018Monthly Labour Market Updates  |  Economic Commentary Read More
The evolution of the gender test score gap through seventh grade: new insights from Australia using unconditional quantile regression and decomposition Huong Thu Le, Ha Nguyen This paper documents the patterns and examines the factors contributing to a gender gap in educational achievements in early seventh grade of schooling using a recent and nationally representative panel of Australian children. Regression results indicate that females excel at... Read article 21 February 2018Journal Articles Read More
Small Business Enterprise Models of Employment Errol Cocks, Stian Thoresen, Robert Jackson, Allyson Thomson Adults with disabilities are substantially disadvantaged, economically and socially. Ample national and international comparative data indicate low labour force participation rates (just over 50%) and double the unemployment rates for persons without disabilities. This report examines an emerging small business employment model that... Read article 15 February 2018Feature Read More
BCEC Newsletter Edition #4 January 2018 Joanne Peckitt, Kelly Pohatu As 2017 came to an end, we had many reasons to celebrate. Last year was the Centre’s most successful yet, as evidenced by a suite of award wins for our research activities and the impact they have had. My warmest congratulations to Rebecca Cassells,... Read article 6 February 2018Corporate Publications Read More
A regional model of endogenous growth without scale assumptions Steven Bond-Smith, Philip McCann, Les Oxley In this paper we model growth using a scale-neutral approach to innovation allowing differences between regions to emerge due to regional mechanisms. In this model, agglomeration is growth enhancing as the scale effect for innovation arises from greater access to... Read article 1 February 2018Journal Articles Read More
Oil and Women: A Re-examination Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi In a seminal article, Ross (2008) reports a negative correlation between oil production and women’s representation in the labour force and politics across countries. This article re-examines these relationships exploiting variations in oil endowments to address endogeneity concerns. We confirm... Read article 31 January 2018Journal Articles Read More
Aspects of Governance and CO2 Emissions: Yashar Tarverdi The reduction of CO2 emissions has been at the centre of worldwide debates on environmental issues, though its inclusion as one of the millennium development goals (MDGs) by the United Nations has changed the focus of relative literature. Among many,... Read article 1 January 2018Journal Articles Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – December 2017 Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely This is the first of Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analysing the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA. Key findings from this edition include: Mixed signals in 2017 make ‘cautious optimism’ the New... Read article 18 December 2017Quarterly Economic Commentary  |  Economic Commentary Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – Special Edition October 2017 Alan Duncan, Alan Langford, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi This special edition BCEC MLMU has been released to examine the impact of the major population re-benchmarking of the ABS Labour Force Survey. Every five years the ABS uses new information gathered from the Census to update its labour force... Read article 11 December 2017Monthly Labour Market Updates  |  Economic Commentary Read More
The Price is Right? Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Silvia Salazar, Chris Twomey The Western Australian economy has experienced something of a roller-coaster ride over the last decade. Unprecedented economic growth over the course of the resources boom has been followed by a post-boom period during which activity has cooled. Despite a reduction in demand in... Read article 1 December 2017Focus on WA Read More
Returns to language skills in transition economies Astghik Mavisakalyan In many transition countries, the collapse of communism ushered in language reforms to adapt to the newfound independence from the Soviet Union and openness to the rest of the world. Such reforms may have implications for individuals’ economic opportunities, since... Read article 1 December 2017Journal Articles Read More