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Economic indicators

Report

Counting the cost of Australia’s delayed vaccine rollout: part two - international border closures

This report projects the likely delay in Australia's international border reopening and the economic costs of this delay. It finds that Australia is on track to end international border closures 81 days later than originally planned and will incur an economic cost estimated at $16.4...
Working paper

Opportunity costs of unpaid caregiving: evidence from panel time diaries

In this paper, the authors examine the association between unpaid caregiving by older Americans and time allocated to labor supply, home production, leisure and personal care.
Report

Things you can’t drop on your feet: an overview of Australia’s services sector productivity

Australia’s economy, like that of almost all other rich countries, is increasingly dominated by its service sector. This paper sheds light on the evolution of the services sector in Australia, busts some common misconceptions about services, and highlights the challenges associated with services productivity measurement...
Report

Global gender gap report 2021

Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to this report. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
Report

Global economic impacts of climate shocks, climate policy, and changes in climate risk assessment

This study assesses the global macroeconomic consequences of changes in climate risk. The authors also explore the impact of country-specific, economy-wide carbon taxes as a representative policy action to drive the global economy to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century.
Briefing paper

Developing social insurance schemes for informal and 'gig' workers

This briefing highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating economic and social insecurity for more than 2 billion people employed in the informal sector, and adding to global inequality. The author argues that a radical rethink of the nature of work and social insurance is...
Discussion paper

Financial conditions and downside risk to economic activity in Australia

The key finding in this paper is that financial conditions provide useful information about downside risks to GDP and employment growth, and upside risks to the unemployment rate. That is, when financial conditions are extremely restrictive, the risks of very bad outcomes for these variables...
Report

Potential limited: the economic cost of uncontrolled asthma

This report aims to explore the economic impact on patients from being unable to control their asthma – in particular through lower earnings and more limited opportunities to work and study.
Report

Economic and political outlook 2021

2020 was a year of rapid policy development in Australia. It brought twists and turns in decision-making, as governments responded to a crisis that remains with us in 2021, as nations keep working to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication provides valuable analysis to help...
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Australian experts' views of housing in the economy: abstract dreamings or real directions?

This report analyses the expert opinions of leading economists and other senior housing market specialists on interrelationships between the housing system, economic performance, and wealth distribution in Australia.