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Local job multipliers of mining

David Fleming () and Thomas Measham

Resources Policy, 2014, vol. 41, issue C, 9-15

Abstract: The mining industry is capital intensive, and generally, direct labour employed is low compared to other industries. Considering this, when analysing local economic effects of mining it is important to observe local job multipliers that the industry generates in other sectors of the economy. In this study we use data from the recent Australian mining boom to estimate local job multipliers from mining, using econometric models and avoiding the rigidities and strong assumptions that input–output based models rely on. With census data and samples of Australian sub-state regions, our estimations show that local multipliers of mining are important for some local services sectors such as transport and rental and accommodation services, while local job spillovers into tradable goods sectors (manufacturing and agriculture) are statistically not significant. We also show how the magnitude of local multipliers varies nationwide from those of regions where operating mines are located.

Keywords: Job multipliers; Spillovers; Sectoral employment; Local economies; Mining boom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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