Discussion paper

The effect of the mining boom on the Australian economy

Mining Gross Domestic Product Income Employment Australia


This paper estimates the effects of the mining boom in Australia, using a large-scale structural macro-econometric model, AUS-M. We estimate that the mining boom boosted real per capita household disposable income by 13 per cent by 2013. The boom has contributed to a large appreciation of the Australian dollar that has weighed on other industries exposed to trade, such as manufacturing and agriculture. However, because manufacturing benefits from higher demand for inputs to mining, the deindustrialisation that sometimes accompanies resource booms – the so-called ‘Dutch disease’ – has not been strong.

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RDP 2014-08