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Predicting the economic and demographic impacts of long distance commuting in the resources sector: A Surat basin case study

Authors
Journal
Resources Policy
0301-4207
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
38
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2013.03.002
Keywords
  • Economic Impacts
  • Resource Communities
  • Economic Modelling
  • Demographic
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment And Management
  • Cumulative Impacts
Disciplines
  • Economics
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract Predicting the economic and demographic impacts of resource development on regional areas is difficult to assess because of limited availability of analysis, difficulties of predicting where workforce are likely to be based, and different impacts on communities because of variations in size and economic structures. In this study modelling has been employed to identify future employment and demographic impacts of future resource developments on communities in the Surat Basin in southern Queensland, Australia. The analysis summarises potential employment increases over multiple projects and uses multipliers from Input–Output models to assess likely impacts by local government area when future workforce might commute to or live locally in the region. The results demonstrate that recent moves to commuting workforces limit the economic impacts on local and regional communities in complex ways.

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