Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative

Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative Report

  • Author(s): Taylor, C., Bradley,C., Dobbs, R., Thompson, F., Clifton, D.
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: McKinsey Global Institute

Abstract: Australia has been riding the wave of Asia’s economic growth, supplying coal, iron ore, and minerals to meet unprecedented demand in China and other emerging markets. As commodity prices spiked in recent years, the country has attracted a flood of investment into its mines, processing plants, pipelines, and ports. More money has been invested in Australian resource projects in the past 5 years than in the previous 20. Asia’s economic and demographic trends point to sustained demand in the decades ahead, but growth fuelled by demand for natural resources carries risk. The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative finds that “one-off” factors—including favorable terms of trade and an investment surge—have driven half of the country’s recent growth, obscuring the truth about its overall economic health. The magnitude of Australia’s resource boom belies some weakening fundamentals. Since 2005, the country has enjoyed 4.1 percent annual gains in income. But growth in labor productivity has fallen to just 0.3 percent. Capital productivity is now the biggest drag on income growth.

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Taylor, C., Bradley,C., Dobbs, R., Thompson, F., Clifton, D., 2012, Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3982.

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