Publications

Getting our house in order? Alan Duncan, Amity James, Steven Rowley This report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre focuses on housing affordability, one of the most important economic and social issues facing Western Australia, and indeed the country. This twelfth report in BCEC’s Focus on WA series builds on the Centre’s earlier... Read article 31 May 2019Focus on WA Read More
BCEC Newsletter Autumn 2019 Edition Kelly Pohatu Welcome to the Autumn 2019 edition of the BCEC tri-annual newsletter. The issue of gender pay equity is an ongoing focus for the Centre, and one of the highlights of our research and engagement program for the first half of... Read article 31 May 2019Corporate Publications Read More
Dimensions of attitudes to autonomous vehicles Simone Pettigrew, Caitlin Worrall, Zenobia Talati, Lin Fritschi, Richard Norman For the benefits of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to be optimized, the fleet conversion process needs to be efficient and timely. This study explored public attitudes to AVs to inform strategies to increase receptivity to the wide-scale use of AVs. A... Read article 17 April 2019Journal Articles Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – March 2019 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar – Fragility lingers for the WA economy – – Show me the money: Wage growth a key culprit for sluggish household consumption growth – – Dwelling approvals improve – but all else is not equal in the housing sector – This Western... Read article 10 April 2019Quarterly Economic Commentary Read More
Culture, migration and educational performance: a focus on gender outcomes using Australian PISA tests Michael Dockery, Paul Koshy, Ian W. Li This paper explores how cultural and migrant backgrounds affect boys’ and girls’ high-school academic performance. Scores from the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment are analysed for Australian children from migrant and non-migrant families, conditional upon a measure of gender... Read article 5 April 2019Journal Articles Read More
Clusters of potential autonomous vehicles users according to propensity to use individual versus shared vehicles Simone Pettigrew, Liyuwork Dana, Richard Norman As the widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) becomes increasingly likely, an important consideration is the extent to which individuals prefer either private ownership or shared use modes. Both modes are currently evolving, each with distinct but overlapping challenges. Understanding... Read article 1 April 2019Journal Articles Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – February 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the February 2019 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. We’ve also... Read article 30 March 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
The decades-long dispute over scale effects in the theory of economic growth Steven Bond-Smith The so-called ‘new growth theory’ is characterized by the now Nobel Prize winning insight that ideas are a non-rival input to and output from endogenous investment in innovation. Non-rivalry implies increasing returns to scale, but this also unintentionally creates an... Read article 1 March 2019Working Papers Read More
Gender Equity Insights 2019: Breaking through the Glass Ceiling Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells Glass ceilings have featured heavily in Australia’s workplaces for centuries but in recent years significant changes have been made. Women now make up almost 50% of Australia’s workforce and hold around 40% of all full-time jobs. Although women still remain under-represented... Read article 1 March 2019Gender Equity Insights Read More
The social and economic sustainability of WA’s rural volunteer workforce Kirsten Holmes, Amanda Davies, Leonie A. Lockstone-Binney Volunteering is critical to the survival and success of rural communities in Western Australia (WA). The past two decades have seen an increase in the community services delivered by volunteers and demand on the volunteer workforce has intensified. Yet, according to data collected... Read article 26 February 2019Feature Read More
Explaining the evolution of ethnicity differentials in academic achievements: The role of time investments Ha Nguyen, Luke B. Connelly, Huong Thu Le, Francis Mitrou, Catherine L. Taylor, Stephen R Zubrick Children of Asian immigrants in most English-speaking destinations have better academic outcomes, yet the underlying causes of their advantages are under-studied. We employ panel time-use diaries by two cohorts of children observed over a decade to present new evidence that... Read article 15 February 2019Working Papers Read More
Enhancing niche tourism Kerry Brown, Subas Dhakal, Mirjam Wiedemann, Lisa Daniel This research builds a profile and understanding of the capacity of regions to benefit from extending their traditional industrial base to include value-added niche activities. These investigations into locally based agri-food systems and niche tourism deliver research findings to support goals to capitalise... Read article 13 February 2019Feature Read More