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BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – October 2023 Alan Duncan, Michael Dockery – Inflation and interest rates to stay high for longer – – Labour market stubbornly resilient, as jobs grow by 55,000 nationally – – Real wages to keep falling in coming quarters – Jobs data in line with revised expectations... Read article 20 November 2023Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – September 2023 Alan Duncan, Michael Dockery — Labour market weakens, but headline unemployment rate falls. — — Exodus of males from the labour force as male participation rate falls 0.7ppt to 71.0 per cent; female participation rate returns to 62.7 per cent record high. — —... Read article 24 October 2023Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – August 2023 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan — Strong growth in part-time jobs keeps unemployment rate steady at 3.7 per cent as participation rises. — — Female employment rebounds from July slide. — — Australia’s labour force participation rate hits all time high of 67.0 per cent.... Read article 19 September 2023Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Trading Up: International trade futures and the Western Australian economy Alex Buckland, Alan Duncan, Mohammad Farhad, Abebe Hailemariam, Daniel Kiely, Valentina Sanchez Arenas, Panagiotis Sotirakopoulos The eighth report in the BCEC Focus on Industry report series, Trading Up: International trade futures and the Western Australian economy, examines the benefits, opportunities and challenges that exist for the WA economy in relation to trade and investment. The... Read article 21 July 2023Economic Policy  |  BCEC Reports  |  Focus on Industry Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – May 2023 Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan — Eastern seaboard jobs surge defies monetary policy tightening. — — Unemployment rate drops 0.1ppt to 3.6 per cent. — — Labour force participation rate and rate of growth of working-age population hit new highs. — — Odds have shortened... Read article 21 June 2023Monthly Labour Market Update Read More
Does democracy protect the environment? The role of the Arctic Council Astghik Mavisakalyan, Vladimir Otrachshenko, Olga Popova This paper examines the influence of democratic institutions on environmental policy stringency and the degree to which it is affected by membership in the Arctic Council. We hypothesize that, relative to countries with no Arctic presence, countries present in the... Read article 19 April 2023Journal Articles Read More
A tale of two life stages: The imprinting effect of macroeconomic contractions on later life entrepreneurship Panagiotis Sotirakopoulos, Matthew P. Mount, Cahit Guven, Aydogan Ulker, Carol Graham — Drawing on lifespan psychology, our study addresses when and how macroeconomic contractions influence entrepreneurship. — — We develop competing arguments highlighting two distinct life stages: childhood and early adulthood. — — Contractions experienced during early adulthood increase one’s likelihood of becoming an entrepreneur by... Read article 15 April 2023Journal Articles Read More
Forecasting the stock-cryptocurrency relationship: Evidence from a dynamic GAS model Kris Ivanovski, Abebe Hailemariam The impact of cryptocurrency on other assets has become a subject of intense research, given the rise of digital currency over the last decade. However, unlike traditional assets, cryptocurrency has been subject to extreme movements in price and volatility. As... Read article 15 March 2023Journal Articles Read More
Understanding utility hardship Graham Hansen, Eva Perroni, Silvia Salazar Access to energy and water is essential for people’s health, wellbeing and security, and to meet all of their basic needs. This is recognised in the United Nations Development, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable which sets out the goals of ensuring... Read article 9 December 2022Research Reports Read More
Canning Vale Food Value Add Precinct Alex Buckland, Alan Duncan, Elizabeth Jackson, Silvia Salazar, Billy Sung The City of Canning engaged the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) to assess the economic case and potential opportunities of a food value add precinct in the Canning Vale industrial area. This report, Canning Vale Food Value Add Precinct, assesses the economic... Read article 24 June 2022Research Reports Read More
BCEC Policy Briefing: Western Australia State Budget 2022-23 Alan Duncan This new BCEC Policy Brief assesses the Western Australia State Budget 2022-23 delivered by WA Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan on 12 May. Premier McGowan took advantage of the state’s strong economic performance to hand down a measured budget that... Read article 13 May 2022Policy Insights  |  Economic Policy  |  Health and Wellbeing  |  Social Issues  |  Taxation and Welfare  |  Workforce and Skills Read More
Discretely innovating: The effect of limited market contestability on innovation and growth Steven Bond-Smith I consider the impact of market contestability on innovation and growth. To examine this, I use discrete entry (i.e. an integer number of firms) as a tool to vary contestability in each sector of a disaggregated multi-sector endogenous growth model.... Read article 24 November 2021Journal Articles Read More