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.

Consulting services

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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Corporate membership

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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Economic & social indicators

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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Economic policy forum

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

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Tasmanian Gambling Study

Information on the fifth Social and Economic Impact Study of Gambling in Tasmania.

Latest from the Economic policy forum

China tariffs will hinder SA economic recovery

University of Adelaide economists expect the South Australian economy will continue to bounce back in 2020/21. However, economic recovery will be weaker than previously thought as a consequence of China’s decision to escalate its trade war with Australia, the outbreak of a second COVID-19 wave in the northern hemisphere, and South Australia’s own mini lockdown in November.

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COVID-19 will change more than our health

The social isolation that is central to curbing the spread of the COVID virus has implications for the short- and long-term nature of workplaces, and society more generally, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd says.

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Could COVID-19 have a silver lining for South Australia?

SA could see a turnaround to a net migration inflow over the next two to three years as people are attracted by State’s positive health and lifestyle options, the Chair of the State Planning Commission, Michael Lennon, says.

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