Quantifying Australia's 'Three‐Speed' Boom

24 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2016

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Rod Tyers

Australian National University (ANU) - School of Economics; The University of Western Australia - Department of Economics

Aaron Walker

Reserve Bank of Australia

Date Written: March 2016


We conjecture that a 'secondary services boom' is primarily responsible for the widespread nature of the gains in employment during Australia's recent 'China boom'. An economy‐wide model provides numerical theory for constructing hypotheses, which are tested econometrically. Predictions that include a services expansion and de‐industrialisation are tested against pre‐boom data and out‐of‐sample simulations through the boom. The secondary services boom appears clearly in both income and employment, though the effects on manufacturing are ambiguous, with stronger‐than‐hypothesised observed performance, suggesting that changes in industrial structure and the composition of assistance have favoured surviving manufacturing firms.

Suggested Citation

Tyers, Rod and Walker, Aaron, Quantifying Australia's 'Three‐Speed' Boom (March 2016). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 20-43, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12130

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