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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To Health and Happiness: WA’s Health Industry Future 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
Discretely innovating: The effect of barriers to entry on innovation and growth Steven Bond-Smith This article considers the effect of a discrete entry barrier (i.e. an integer number of firms) in an endogenous growth model to draw conclusions about the relationship between contestability, innovation and growth. Sector specific workers provide a tool for calibrating... Read article 3 December 2018Working Papers 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. Incumbent acquisition of an innovation or profit from entry provides entrepreneurs with an incentive for... Read article 3 December 2018Working Papers Read More
BCEC Monthly Labour Market Update – October 2018 Alan Duncan, Rebecca Cassells, Yashar Tarverdi Welcome to the October 2018 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 19 November 2018Monthly Labour Market Updates Read More
BCEC Briefing Note: WA Economic Update Alan Duncan, Daniel Kiely This BCEC Briefing Note examines the latest Western Australian economic data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. As forecast in the BCEC Quarterly Economic Commentary in September 2018, the WA economy has returned to positive growth. This is on the... Read article 16 November 2018Economic Commentary  |  Briefing Notes Read More