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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Future of Work in Australia Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, John Phillimore, Richard Seymour, Yashar Tarverdi This sixth report in BCEC’s Focus on the States series will examine the way in which the organisation of work is changing – from workforces to workplaces – and the implications of these changes for Australia. The organisation of work is changing.... Read article 13 April 2018Focus on The States 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
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
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – October 2017 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the seventh 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 October... Read article 24 November 2017Monthly Labour Market Updates  |  Economic Commentary 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 21 November 2017Journal Articles Read More
Unlocking the potential for working closer to home Carey Curtis, Courtney Babb, Sam McLeod, David Robertson Unlocking the Potential for Working Closer to Home, examines the barriers to, and opportunities for, increasing the number of people able to work closer to their home in both metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia. It is known that working... Read article 20 November 2017BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More