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The Economic Contribution of the Resources Sector by Regional Areas in Queensland

John Rolfe (), Daniel Gregg, Galina Ivanova, Reuben Lawrence () and David Rynne ()
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John Rolfe: Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton, QLD, 4702
Galina Ivanova: Centre for Environmental Management, Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, North Rockhampton, QLD, 4702
Reuben Lawrence: Lawrence Consulting, PO Box 2567, Toowoomba QLD Australia 4350
David Rynne: Queensland Resources Council, Level 13, 133 Mary Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Economic Analysis and Policy, 2011, vol. 41, issue 1, 15-36

Abstract: Although it is widely accepted that the resources sector makes a significant contribution to national and state economies, information about how it impacts on local and regional economies is much scarcer. Understanding the spread of economic stimulus and subsequent indirect business and consumption effects is important because of the changing patterns of business operations, employment and supply chains in the resources sector. The focus of the research reported in this paper was to identify the geographical spread of economic impacts from the resources sector across Queensland. The results of the analysis demonstrate that incomes and expenditures from the resources sectors are widely distributed across the state, and generate significant flow-on effects. It is notable that the industry makes a strong direct contribution in many of the more remote areas of Queensland, helping to underpin economic conditions in those regions. Expenditure from the resources industry has indirect impacts on the business environment in many areas, and generates substantial levels of production in south-east Queensland and central Queensland in particular.

Keywords: Resources; economic impact; input-output modelling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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