Productivity and Innovation

The National Innovation and Science Agenda has committed significant amounts of funding to twenty eight action areas, which include de-risking start-ups; investing in STEM; attracting and keeping overseas entrepreneurs; and improving university-industry connectedness, amongst others. These measures signal that promoting a culture of innovation is essential to Australia’s economic growth and future prosperity.

Projects under this theme explore the opportunity and challenges for businesses, individuals and government to drive prosperity through improved productivity and innovation. Research under this theme investigates issues such as barriers and enablers to productivity, and the impacts of infrastructure development and investment, public services, as well as tax and regulatory burdens on economic growth in WA, and opportunities and barriers to innovation for micro-businesses and SMEs, which make up a significant proportion of all businesses in the Australian economy.

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BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – June 2018 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the June 2018 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... Read article 23 July 2018Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
The health benefits of autonomous vehicles: Public awareness and receptivity in Australia Simone Pettigrew, Zenobia Talati, Richard Norman The aim of this study was to assess Australians’ attitudes to the advent of autonomous vehicles and the extent of their reported unprompted and prompted awareness of the potential health-related benefits arising from this technological advancement. The results indicate an... Read article 5 July 2018Journal Articles Read More
The Rise of Shared Work Spaces: A Disruption to Urban Planning Policy? Courtney Babb, Carey Curtis, Sam McLeod New models of shared work spaces have the potential to disrupt planning for traditional employment spaces.  Drawing on a pilot study of Greater Perth and regional Western Australia, relevant planning policies and interviews with a sample of managers and users... Read article 26 June 2018Journal Articles Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – May 2018 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the May 2018 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... Read article 20 June 2018Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
China as an export market: the case of Western Australian wine Jeremy Galbreath, Grace Gao, Louis Geneste, Kristina Georgiou, Niki Hynes, Paull Weber Chapter 11 of Food, Wine and China, Christof Pforr and Ian Phau (Eds). This chapter includes findings from a BCEC-funded project titled ‘WA wine exports: Building an economic future with China‘. The growth of the Chinese economy and the emergence of... Read article 25 May 2018Books and Book Chapters Read More