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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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
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
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – January 2019 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the January 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... Read article 5 February 2019Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
The impact of compatibility on innovation in markets with network effects Steven Bond-Smith This article analyses the relationship between compatibility and innovation in markets with network effects using a model of competition with endogenous R&D, commercialization and compatibility. Compatibility is a mutual decision between firms and demand is partially dependent on overall consumption... Read article 31 January 2019Journal Articles Read More
To Health and Happiness Steven Bond-Smith, Alan Duncan, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Richard Seymour, Yashar Tarverdi We often hear that an ageing Western Australian population will have a profound impact on our labour market and economy. However, it is the pressure that this changing demographic is placing on our health system that may cause the largest social impact of... Read article 7 December 2018Focus on Industry Read More
BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary – December 2018 Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely, Silvia Salazar This Western Australia Quarterly Economic Commentary analyses the most recent data on economic and social indicators for WA, as at Q4 2018. This quarter we we see that the WA economy has returned to positive growth, driven by the strength of a... Read article 6 December 2018Quarterly Economic Commentary  |  Economic Commentary Read More