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Commodity price shocks and the Australian economy since Federation

Australia has experienced frequent and large commodity export price shocks like Third World commodity exporters, but this price volatility has had much more modest impact on economic performance. Why? This paper explores Australian terms of trade volatility since 1901. It identifies two major price shock...

2012 Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI's flagship report examines the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions of 2012. By putting into perspective the year's food policy successes and disappointments, it suggests how to move forward those policies that improve the food situation for the poor.
Audio presentation

Emerging futures

Looking at the promise and the perils of tomorrow, Richard Nevile discusses the acceleration of technology, environment and human consciousness. Emerging futures is a free podcast available through ITunes U Time: 52:58 minutes

A longitudinal study of the use of the web by regional tourism organisations

The information-intensive nature of the tourism and travel industry suggests an important role for Web technology in the promotion and marketing of tourist destinations. The rapid development of the Internet is also having profound impacts on the industry. In fact, travel and tourism has become...
Journal article

A model for regional technology-based economic development

Technology-based economic development has been a highly sought-after objective for regions in developed and developing countries alike. The wealth created by regional knowledge-based economies like Silicon Valley is an attractive outcome. Without understanding cluster-based economic strategy, the different types of technology-based economic development approaches, the...
Journal article

A multi-dimensional perspective on social capital and economic development: an exploratory analysis

Examines the relationship between core constructs of social capital and economic development within and across 47 selected countries.
Journal article

A Region Back on the Rails?: Passenger Rail and Regional Development on the NSW Far North Coast

The recent publication of the NSW Government's draft Far North Coast Regional Strategy (NSW Department of Planning 2006) provides a timely and interesting context in which to examine the NSW Far North Coast region. At stake are issues of regional governance and planning, spatial economic...
Journal article

A regional economic performance matrix: an aid to regional economic policy development

This paper presents a model for regional policy makers as an aid to developing policy for regional economic development. The approach to developing the model follows strategic management principles whereby planning is based on setting objectives in the light of environmental scanning for factors that...

A regional economy: a case study of Tasmania

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government is committed to the prosperity of Australia's regions. In order to promote economic and social development it is important that we understand the environment in which regional economies operate. This study provides an analytical investigation...

A Review of Regional Development Australia Committee 2010-2011 Regional Plans: Issues Identified by Regions

This report summarises the findings of a review of selected aspects of the 2010 and 2011 regional plans of the 55 Regional Development Australia committees. The Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Island are also included in the summary, because although they...