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Steven Bond-Smith

Report

Relationships between metropolitan, satellite and regional city size, spatial context and economic productivity

This report considers evidence about the existence and scale of agglomeration economies, including in Australian cities. It examines whether city size affects productivity, and whether economic productivity, city size and rising housing costs are interdependent.
Report

Green shoots: opportunities to grow a sustainable WA economy

This report looks at the green economy, taking stock of the current environmental footprint and development of ‘green’ sectors, as well as identifying opportunities to grow a sustainable and diverse Western Australian economy.
Evaluation

Analysis of costs and savings of proposed reforms to higher education

This evaluation of the Australian government's recently-announced reform package finds that the proposed changes are highly disruptive to the operation of universities who are already grappling with major disruptions due to decreased international student demand. These impacts have resulted in significant job losses in the...
Working paper

The unintended consequences of increasing returns to scale in geographical economics

This review of the broad economic geography literature reveals the widespread use and misuse of first generation and semi-endogenous growth techniques.
Report

Future-proofing the WA economy

Diversifying Western Australia’s economy to develop emerging new sectors including defence, lithium, big data and tourism would create more than 163,000 new jobs in Western Australia within the next five years, according to this report.