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Working paper

Of interest? Estimating the average interest rate on debt across firms and over time

This study uses tax data from the Longitudinal Business Database to estimate the firm-level average interest rate on liabilities.
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...
Strategy

Shifting gear: three steps to safely, quickly and permanently reopen Australia

This strategy report from the Business Council of Australia provides three clear steps to reopen the country and let people get on with their lives.
Working paper

Benchmarking New Zealand's frontier firms

This study compares the relative performance of New Zealand’s firms to those economies using novel cross-country microdata from CompNet. The authors present stylised facts for New Zealand relative to the economies of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and Sweden based on average productivity levels, as well...
Report

The implications of COVID-19 for leadership on sustainability: reflections and discussions

The scale and pace of COVID-related transformations have led to a need for many businesses to re-strategise and to keep adapting. Over September and October 2020, CISL initiated a series of conversations to explore the implications of these challenges and transformations for business action on...
Report

Business experiences in 2020 and outlook for 2021

This report is the last in a series of monthly reports by the Australian Industry Group about Australia’s business experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and recession in 2020.
Policy report

Brexit and coronavirus: economic impacts and policy response

Brexit and coronavirus are two shocks that are almost perfectly designed to substantially affect the entire UK economy. This paper argues that the UK government should restrict access to coronavirus support schemes to businesses affected by the pandemic, rather than those adjusting to Brexit changes.
Conference paper

Corporate restructuring, the new information technologies and spatial networks

The new small and medium sized businesses that are a by-product of this corporate restructuring use spatial networks instead of hierarchy (e.g. vertical and horizontal integration) to address agency problems and reduce transaction costs.
Report

Business insurance: unaffordable or unavailable?

Doing business involves navigating a myriad of risks which makes insurance (compulsory and non-compulsory) an essential element of a successful business. This report finds that insurance is a pain point for many Australian businesses with most problems the result of complex global factors, rather than...
Working paper

Financing firms in hibernation during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted economic activity worldwide, hurting firms and pushing many of them toward bankruptcy. This paper discusses four central issues that have emerged in the academic and policy debates related to business financing during the downturn.