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Labour Market Adjustment, Knowledge Economies and the Patchwork Nation. Professor Andrew Beer Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning University of Adelaide 2 December 2011 . The Patchwork Economy?. Dutch Disease De-industrialisation Processes of adjustment Efficient, effective

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labour market adjustment knowledge economies and the patchwork nation

Labour Market Adjustment, Knowledge Economies and the Patchwork Nation

Professor Andrew BeerCentre for Housing, Urban and Regional PlanningUniversity of Adelaide

2 December 2011

the patchwork economy
The Patchwork Economy?
  • Dutch Disease
    • De-industrialisation
    • Processes of adjustment
      • Efficient, effective
      • What role the knowledge economy?
  • Are there other pathways?
the south australian case
The South Australian Case
  • South Australia as a ‘traded goods’ state
    • Manufacturing
    • Agriculture
    • Mineral products
  • Impacts of restructuring
    • MMAL in Southern Adelaide
    • Loxton Waikerie
average unincorporated business earnings 2003 04 to 2008 09 sa loxton waikerie and onkaparinga
Average Unincorporated Business Earnings, 2003-04 to 2008-09, SA, Loxton Waikerie and Onkaparinga
auto restructuring in two cities birmingham and adelaide
Auto Restructuring in Two Cities: Birmingham and Adelaide
  • MMAL Lonsdale April 2004, MG Rover May 2005
  • Adelaide
    • Structural Adjustment Fund for SA (SAFSA)
    • Redundancy payments from MMAL
    • Worker assistance via JobsNetwork
  • Birmingham
    • Minimal redundancy payments
    • Range of government actions via MG Rover Taskforce & Advantage West Midlands
riverland futures taskforce
Riverland Futures Taskforce
  • Riverland Futures Taskforce
    • $20m structural adjustment fund established by SA Government (Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund)
      • Now administered through RDA Committee
    • Limited take up, slow take up
      • What subsidiarity?
      • And does it address the region’s fundamental needs in an era of capital mobility?
other pathways
Other Pathways?
  • Costs of structural adjustment for individuals and communities
  • Mining boom
    • Displaced tourism, manufacturing, some services
    • Social costs for FIFO workers and their communities
    • Not been accompanied by a substantial investment in the generation of a knowledge economy