Economic indicators



Report

5-year Productivity Inquiry: the key to prosperity - interim report

Improving Australia’s productivity performance requires overcoming specific challenges. This document sets out areas of policy focus which, in the Commission's judgment, best reflect the balance of challenges and opportunities that Australia faces.
Discussion paper

Are wages or profits driving Australia’s inflation? An analysis of the National Accounts

The distributional consequences of record high profits and record low real wage growth have been widely discussed in Australia recently, but the data presented in this paper suggests that rising profits are now the major driver of inflation.
Report

Global gender gap report 2022

The analysis presented in this report is based on a methodology integrating the latest statistics from international organisations and a survey of executives. The report also provides new data on emerging trends in the labour market and society more widely.
Report

Tackling rising inflation and slowing growth: government’s big decision on how to share the pain

The economic crisis facing the United Kingdom is very different to the 2008 financial crash and the early 1990s recession – which means a very different response is required by the government, argues Gemma Tetlow in this report.
Conference proceedings

City economics and economies: SOAC 2021 conference track and abstracts

Australasian cities have ridden a long wave of economic growth driven by the export of resources, international education, tourism, and immigration. Far from being equally shared, this growth has instead produced widening disparities within and between cities, suburbs, and regions.
Conference paper

Poverty and affluence in Sydney and Melbourne

It is arguable that the neoliberal macroeconomic policies pursued in Australia from 1994 to 2019 exacerbated social segregation at regional scale and that this contributed to the increase in economic inequality. To assess this argument, social segregation is mapped for Sydney and Melbourne (each divided...
Report

No one left behind: why Australia should lock in full employment

This report shows why Australia should aim to lock in full employment – where everyone who wants a job can find a job. It demonstrates that all workers suffer when unemployment is high, but the most vulnerable workers suffer the most.
Report

The wages crisis: revisited

A comprehensive review of Australian wage trends indicates that wage growth is likely to remain stuck at historically weak levels - despite the dramatic disruptions experienced by the Australian labour market through the COVID-19 pandemic. This report finds that targeted policies to deliberately lift wages...
Policy report

Understanding structural effects of COVID-19 on the global economy: first steps

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy responses are likely to alter the global economy in a way that affects its ability to adjust to future shocks and changes. This paper develops a point of reference for thinking about developments which could be deemed long-term.
Conference paper

Is population size all that matters? Economic roles within the urban system

This paper investigates the question of how urbanisation and localisation economies interact over the 30 largest Australian Significant Urban Areas.
Report

Structural reform of the Reserve Bank of Australia

Both major political parties support an external review of monetary policy after the 2022 election. This paper discusses some of the main issues a review should cover.
Position paper

Statement on Labor's economic plan and budget strategy

This paper outlines's the ALP's policies surrounding the overall Australian economy and Labor's federal budgetary position.
Briefing paper

Economic records don’t match the election rhetoric: data brief

Economic management is a feature of all election campaigns, but key claims made to date do not stack up. This paper explores claims about wages growth and tax by the Morrison Government, finding inconsistencies between its arguments and its record.
Report

Caring costs us: the economic impact on lifetime income and retirement savings of informal carers

The focus of this report is on highlighting the economic impact of unpaid care - specifically, lost income during working life and the longer-term reduction in accruing superannuation, which affects retirement savings. In economic terms this is called the ‘opportunity cost of caring’.
Data portal

Visualising NSW electorates: JobSeeker recipients (Dec 2021)

The graphs, map and table in this resource show JobSeeker recipient (total JobSeeker Payment and Youth Allowance (Other)) numbers for NSW, and estimates for all 93 NSW electorates (2013 Redistribution).
Report

Economic and political outlook 2022

2022 is shaping up as a pivotal year across the economic and political spectrums and it comes at a critical time, in terms of the need for policy action in Australia. This report argues that governments around the country must make tough policy decisions in...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Jim Chalmers says the two highest-taxing governments of the past 30 years have been Coalition governments.

Labor Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers says it is the Coalition whose record on taxes falls short, claiming that the two highest taxing governments of the last thirty years were both Liberal-National governments. Verdict: Dr Chalmer’s claim is a fair call.
Report

From laggard to leader: making South Australia the secure jobs state

South Australia has the second highest rate of job insecurity and the lowest pay in Australia. This report details the challenge, and outlines actionable steps for South Australian government to reverse the trend.
Report

Inquiry into population, migration and agglomeration

This report investigates agglomeration economies and their ability to alter the economic productivity of cities, together with an examination of the key drivers of population growth and mobility in Australia.
Working paper

Did the great influenza of 1918-1920 trigger a reversal of the first era of globalisation?

In this paper, the author revisits the 1918-20 pandemic and ask whether it led to a reversal in the rise of trade and financial globalisation that preceded it.