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Diversifying cores but stagnant peripheries: mining and other industry employment contributions to development in local government areas of the Northern Territory

Blackwell, BD, McFarlane, JA, Fischer, AM ORCID: 0000-0001-5284-6428 and Dollery, BE 2017 , 'Diversifying cores but stagnant peripheries: mining and other industry employment contributions to development in local government areas of the Northern Territory' , Economic Society of Australia. Economic Papers, vol. 36, no. 3 , pp. 317-334 , doi: 10.1111/1759-3441.12182.

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Abstract

The economic structure of local government areas (LGAs) of the Northern Territory (NT) are mapped and analysed using economic base theory. Using a three-stage geospatial visualisation we find that: (i) Mining and agriculture are predominantly providing job concentration in a handful of remote LGAs. (ii) Employment growth is derived from public services, with private sector industries contributing almost equally in most LGAs. (iii) NT LGAs exhibit core-periphery characteristics including vulnerable peripheries, often alongside mature mining operations. (iv) However, mature mining is also found alongside diversified sub-cores, providing a model for more vulnerable LGAs.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Blackwell, BD and McFarlane, JA and Fischer, AM and Dollery, BE
Keywords: employment, growth, mining, Northern Territory, specialisation
Journal or Publication Title: Economic Society of Australia. Economic Papers
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 0812-0439
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/1759-3441.12182
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Copyright 2017 The Economic Society of Australia

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