Business investment

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In-house investment management
Discussion paper

Smells like animal spirits: the effect of corporate sentiment on investment

Company-level investment is very sensitive to changes in the new sentiment indicator, even controlling for fundamentals, such as current and expected profits, as well as measures of company-level uncertainty. This paper explores the mechanisms that link investment to sentiment.
Report

The now frontier: developing Australia's space industry

This inquiry report finds that while Australia has some manufacturing and technological capabilities that can contribute to the space sector, this will need to be more strategically developed and grown to sustain an industry.
Report

Stronger ag sector, stronger regions

This paper considers how the agriculture sector can leverage stimulatory regional investment to ensure enduring economic stability and social benefits by establishing a virtuous cycle of beneficial impacts.
Report

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province: a vanguard for advancing the Australia-Vietnam economic relationship

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (BVRT) province is an emerging economic hub in Vietnam, with new developments in infrastructure that make it a competitive destination for Australian investment. This report suggests that Western Australia in particular has a unique opportunity to boost ties, having signed a memorandum...
Strategy

South Australian government Aboriginal Affairs action plan 2021-22

This strategy document focuses on creating opportunities for Aboriginal employment, establishing more Aboriginal-owned and operated businesses and improving the quality and efficiency of service delivery to Aboriginal South Australians.
Policy report

Building a green recovery

The UK government has committed to securing a 'green recovery' from COVID-19. But the package of policies it has announced so far has been modest compared with other countries, while some of the policies it has announced have been poorly designed and implemented. This report...
Report

A just green recovery from COVID-19

The COVID-19 recovery window offers a rare opportunity to transform economies and accelerate the green transition. This paper examines green recovery measures through the lens of a 'just transition'. The authors highlight promising examples of just and green recovery measures in various countries, and suggest...
Report

Private equity’s ESG journey: from compliance to value creation

This survey explores the views of general partners and limited partners in responsible investment among global private equity firms.
Report

U.S. climate leadership at the G20

This report proposes three G20 initiatives to help the Biden Administration meet its climate goals - the mobilisation of green investment, the enablement of green debt relief, and the promotion of green industrial policy.
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

Pivot: diversifying Australia's trade and investment profile

This inquiry report aim to position Australia so it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in a more secure, stable, and profitable position than before. The recommendations have been informed by a range of stakeholders, who provided evidence on the opportunities and challenges related to diversification.
Strategy

Community-rooted economic inclusion: a strategic action playbook

The guidance in this playbook is derived from a pilot initiative implemented in Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Philadelphia between fall 2019 and January 2021. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), in collaboration with national and local funders, supported the implementation of community-rooted economic inclusion in...
Report

China’s experience in building a venture capital sector: four lessons for policy makers

This paper examines the history of China’s venture capital (VC) sector from the late 1980s to the present day and draws lessons on its decades-long experimentation with creating financing channels for early-stage technology business growth.
Report

Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission: final report

This report offers a blueprint for the Northern Territory's economic rebound – with an ambitious goal of making the Territory a $40 billion economy by 2030. The report also identifies regional growth, and Aboriginal economic development and empowerment, as key to the Territory’s future success.
Guide

A guide to benefit sharing options for renewable energy projects

As the renewable energy industry matures, community benefit sharing is becoming increasingly commonplace as a means to integrate renewable energy developments into local communities in ways that are positive, rewarding and beneficial for both project proponents and local communities. The guide is intended as a...
Report

The role of US innovation in securing Australia's economic future

This report argues that since the Second World War, no single country has continually helped Australia to be more innovative than the United States. In addition to the fact Australia now receives more investment from the United States than any other country, US investment is...
Report

Australian business investment in innovation: levels, trends, and drivers

This report provides a quantitative baseline for Australian business investment in innovation based on available data. It analyses trends, drivers and opportunities by sector and firm size. It also asks strategic questions of policymakers to accelerate investment.
Report

Policy directions to increase business investment in innovation

This report provides qualitative analysis and findings from workshops across the country. The workshops used human-centred design to understand the barriers and drivers to Australian businesses innovation investment.
Report

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Australian businesses in transition

This report reflects on how Australian businesses have progressed in their digitalisation journey, as well as the underlying technological landscape as they transition to and within the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Commentary

A progressive agenda for tackling Australia’s productivity crisis

Cutting working conditions won’t get us out of the current malaise, writes Andrew Leigh.