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


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Not wiped out. Even after the collapse of Greensill, there's time to save Whyalla

Maintaining existing steel operations will not be sufficient to ensure the economic prosperity of Whyalla going forward. In this opinion piece, Michael O'Neil argues that a strategic approach to diversifying the local economy, driven by local action, is required to alter Whyalla’s economic destiny.

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Artificial intelligence revolution offers benefits and challenges

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the subject of much, and sometimes fantastical, speculation. However, the development of powerful mathematical models and increasing computer power have combined to make AI economically useful for a wide range of tasks, and companies report that the adoption of AI has delivered improvements in sales and efficiency. In an Issues Paper just released by SACES, the Australian Institute of Machine Learning argues that AI has reached a global tipping point and that Australia needs to invest in research and development in order to take advantage of this next wave of automation. Australia urgently needs a formal, national strategy for AI to ensure that we are net beneficiaries and not simply powerless recipients of this new and potentially disruptive technology.

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Greater COVID-19 consultation needed to avoid economic losses

The SA Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is urging the State Government to consider a more consultative approach with industry in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid disruption and losses to the hotel sector. This recommendation is informed by a survey of the hotel industry in South Australia to gauge the impact of the sudden lockdown of South Australia due to COVID-19 in November 2020.

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