Shift-share analysis

Conduct a shift-share analysis of an Australian non-metropolitan Local Government Area (LGA) (I have chosen Gold Coast, in Queensland) for the period 2001-2011 and discuss your findings.

• What the national (or state), structural and differential components tell you about the economic structure of your chosen region;

• The reasons for these results. In doing so, try and situate your LGA’s result within a broader context. For example, if you were analysing an LGA from a highly remote, broadacre farming region you would discuss the extent to which the LGA’s performance is driven by forces within the broader region and is typical of other similarly-positioned LGAs. Gold Coast is not, however, a highly remote area, so you will have to do some research on this.

• What strategies your LGA could or should employ in the light of these results to enhance local economic development.

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