Economic indicators

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PC Productivity Insights: Recent developments

The Productivity Insights series unpacks and analyses the latest ABS productivity statistics, and details and comments on trends and new developments underlying Australia's recent productivity performance.
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The stock of qualifications in Australia

This research project estimates and describes the stock of qualifications in the Australian economy using data from the 2018—19 Qualifications and Work survey, compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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Productivity Commission white paper 2021

This document outlines a new productivity reform agenda for New South Wales that could lift productivity growth and boost real wages, without raising the tax burden.
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Future directions: ways forward for the economies of Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills – the Central City District of Sydney

The report examines the economic trajectory of the Central City District economies of Western Sydney in the boom years prior to the COVID-19 recession.
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All in it together? Financial wellbeing before COVID-19

This report shows that financial wellbeing in Australia improved in the two years before the COVID-19 crisis, but not all groups experienced the same improvements.
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Shocks and safety nets? Financial wellbeing during COVID-19

This paper explores the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and resulting policy responses on financial wellbeing.
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Too little too late: gas in the COVID recovery

This paper presents analysis of the economic data in Australia over the period from pre-COVID in late 2019 to early 2021 to show there was no 'gas-led' recovery.
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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...
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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.
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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...