The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is a self-funding applied research unit of the University of Adelaide.

SACES was established in 1982 with a principal role to review, research and report on economic and public policy issues of relevance to South Australia and Australia as a whole. The Centre aims to increase the quality of analysis and debate regarding issues within the State, and to establish itself as a pre-eminent economic research centre in Australia.

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Provision of specialist economic research and advice on a fee-for-service basis to both private sector and government clients.

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Independent research fund

The independent research fund supports our research capacity in making a contribution to public policy debate.

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Regular provision to Members of economic briefing reports with a detailed assessment of economic conditions and the outlook for Australia and South Australia.

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Selection of indicators for South Australia providing a snapshot of recent economic and social trends in the State.


Results of independent applied research, particularly on issues relevant to regional and national economic growth and development. 

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Public commentary on economic, social and fiscal issues and trends.

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Latest from the Economic policy forum

Expect problem gambling to worsen under reforms

Giving gamblers ready access to cash and allowing electronic gaming machines to accept banknotes will only worsen the situation for problem gamblers in South Australia.

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Data Wrap - retails sales remain sluggish as confidence declines

In this edition of the Data Wrap we review the latest ABS data on retail sales and building approvals, and explore what the latest Bank SA State Monitor has to say about consumer and business confidence in South Australia.

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Land tax debate: wholesale reform needed

A new report from University of Adelaide economists argues that the South Australian Government should consider wholesale reform to land tax.

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