Economic Productivity through Population

Population has long been at the heart of Australia’s economic policy and destiny. This was firmly the case in the ‘populate or perish’ post WW2 policy era, and remains a national priority area during today’s rapidly changing policy thinking on temporary and skilled migration.




Research in the Economic Productivity through Population program emphasises connections between population and migration and economic outcomes. This includes impacts on employment, economic growth, labour market earnings and household incomes, housing opportunities and costs, and inequalities.

This program has additional foci on national, state and regional economic outcomes, and on economic stimulus policies that have potential to significantly add to Australia’s economic recovery post COVID-19.

For more information, contact the Economic Productivity through Population research program director:

Professor Chris Leishman