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.

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Supporting Australia's Housing System: Modelling Pandemic Policy Responses

AHURI Report No. 346 | Chris Leishman, Rachel Ong, Laurence Lester and Weidong Liang

This report considered the economic literature relating to pandemics and modelled a range of related economic outcomes on employment and unemployment by sector and on the housing outcomes of homeowners, private renters, and small investor landlords in Australia from late 2020 and through 2021.

Why More Housing Stimulus will be needed to Sustain Recovery

In response to the COVID-19 recession, federal, state and territory governments quickly provided support to the housing industry. New research shows further housing stimulus measures will be essential to help drive an economic recovery into 2021 and beyond. Read this article co-authored by Professor Chris Leishman, the Institute's Economic Productivity through Population Research Program Director, in full on The Conversation.