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Uncovering the sources of sectoral employment fluctuations

  • Bryn Battersby

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Michael Kouparitsas

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Josiah Munro

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

This paper explores the sources of fluctuations in sectoral employment growth rates across the Australian economy over three different periods: the pre-terms of trade boom period; the pre-GFC phase of the terms of trade boom; and the GFC and post-GFC phase. We find that common cyclical fluctuations, not just sector specific shocks, can and do have an important effect on sectoral growth rate dispersion across the full sample. We also find that there is evidence of accelerated structural change in the latter phase of the terms of trade boom.

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Paper provided by The Treasury, Australian Government in its series Treasury Working Papers with number 2013-03.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
Date of revision: Sep 2013
Handle: RePEc:tsy:wpaper:wpaper_tsy_wp_2013_3
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