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From Paddock to Plate: WA’s potential in agriculture and agribusiness Steven Bond-Smith, Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Kenneth Leong, Ha Nguyen There has been a collective nervousness following the decline in the resources sector in Western Australia and its associated grim headlines. Agriculture has historically been an important industry for the state. With an expanding middle class in China and a rising population in... Read article 23 September 2016BCEC Reports  |  Focus on Industry Read More
Energy Poverty in Western Australia Antonia Cornwell, Mahnaz Hejazi Amin, Tom Houghton, Therese Jefferson, Peter Newman, Steven Rowley Energy poverty is a prevalent and growing issue affecting the wellbeing of millions of households across the globe. Access to affordable energy services is frequently seen as a pre-requisite for economic growth in developing countries and has been associated with improvements to health and social mobility in more... Read article 16 June 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
Keeping a roof over our heads Alan Duncan, Amity James, Kenneth Leong, Rachel Ong ViforJ, Steven Rowley Housing cost pressures continue to dominate as a key concern among Western Australian households, despite a general shift towards more favourable housing market conditions in Western Australia in recent years. Housing affordability estimates have not trended in the same direction... Read article 6 June 2016Focus on WA Read More
WA Wine Exports: Building an Economic Future with China Jeremy Galbreath, Grace Gao, Louis Geneste, Kristina Georgiou, Niki Hynes, Paull Weber Australian wine production has had a fair share of ups and downs in the past 10 years. More recently, overproduction, the high value of the dollar, and global competition from rapidly improving New World wine producers has strained the industry. Revenue has declined. Exports have softened. An... Read article 10 February 2016BCEC Reports  |  Feature Read More
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright? Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Yashar Tarverdi There is a general sense of unease with the recent slowdown in China’s economic growth. Large businesses and the State’s finances have suffered as a result. But is China the ‘be all and end all’ of the focus on Western... Read article 30 September 2015Focus on WA Read More
The Costs of Doing Business in WA Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan, Yashar Tarverdi The cost of doing business in Western Australia has long been a rhetoric heard and discussed throughout the state, with increased economic activity in recent times exacerbating the issue. The geography of the state, with its capital – Perth, one... Read article 31 July 2015Focus on WA Read More
Workforce and Skills Rebecca Cassells, Michael Dockery, Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong, Astghik Mavisakalyan The resources industry has been the driving force behind Western Australia’s remarkable economic trajectory over the last two decades, delivering billions of tonnes of iron ore to steel mills around the world. WA has prospered, wages have soared and unemployment... Read article 31 August 2014Focus on WA Read More
A Regional Framework for Analysing the Western Australian Economy Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong Western Australia is a diverse state with unique regions. Studies on the economy that adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach are likely to be hindered by a lack of the richness and variability inherent in the intra-state regions. This... Read article 1 May 2014Working Papers Read More
Sharing the Boom Rebecca Cassells, Alan Duncan Along with its relaxed lifestyle and beautiful beaches, Western Australia is arguably most recognised for the riches to be found under its red earth and clear blue oceans. International demand for iron ore, and the strength of China as a... Read article 28 February 2014Focus on WA Read More
An Intra-State Regional Framework for Analysing the Western Australian Economy Alan Duncan, Kenneth Leong Western Australia is a diverse state with unique regions. Studies on the economy that ignore regional developments are likely to be hindered by a lack of the richness and variability inherent in the intra-state regions. This note introduces a framework... Read article 31 October 2013Briefing Notes Read More
Two Billion Dollars a Week: The Global Resources Boom and Western Australia Alan Duncan, Paul Koshy Western Australia (WA) has a long association with resource-driven growth, beginning with the Kalgoorlie gold rush of the 1890s which drew people from all over Australia and the world. That boom underpinned the rapid development of what was still a... Read article 1 May 2013Briefing Notes Read More