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The effect of the resources boom on the Western Australian labour market

Garnett, A. (2011) The effect of the resources boom on the Western Australian labour market. In: 40th Annual Australian Conference of Economists, 11 - 13 July, Canberra, Australia

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Prior to the resources boom of the 2000s, evidence suggests that many regional communities in Australia, including Western Australia, were experiencing lower than average population and employment growth rates, with some towns suffering significant decline. During the 2000s, Australia experienced a rapid and substantial resources boom, fuelled by strong export demand by emerging economies, including China and India. The impacts of this boom were particularly felt in Western Australia, which has the largest share of mining revenue as a proportion of both gross state product and exports. Some states have reported that while mining export earnings have risen due to strong commodity prices, there was less impact on employment and regional development than may have been expected. This paper will investigate the impact of the mining boom on the labour markets and population of Western Australia. Of particular policy relevance are the effects that any changes in population and employment have on the regional and remote communities where much of the mining activities are located.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch Business School
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