6. Economic Data and Analysis Network (EDAN)

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The Economic Data and Analysis Network (EDAN) generated new insights into the operation of the economy and evaluating the performance of policies, programs and services that impact on business. It provided evidence to target new government policy initiatives to the highest economic benefit and potentially adjust existing programs to improve value for money for taxpayers. It allows government to better support businesses with programs that make a difference.

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources led the unit. Other members included: Treasury, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, IP Australia, and Australian Taxation Office. 

In 2019-20, the unit undertook the following analytical projects:

  • Research & Development spill-over effects in Australia by fields of research ($100,000)
  • Drivers of the Gender Wage Gap in Australia ($169,774)
  • Trademarks and exporting: Evidence from Australian microdata ($55,000)
  • Digital intensity and firm performance ($130,000)
  • Human Capital, Productivity and Wages ($184,775)
  • Migrants, productivity, employment and wages in Australian firms ($179,774)
  • Research and Development’s impact on innovation output ($80,000)
  • Determinants of innovation by type ($80,000)
  • Product and Labour Market Concentration: Implications for the Australian Economy ($175,000)
  • From Macro to Micro (and back again): The Drivers of Multi-Factor Productivity Growth in Australia ($125,000)
  • The Wage Growth Puzzle: Lessons from Longitudinal Microdata ($175,000)
  • Expanding and improving the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Program Analytics Tool ($104,890)

The 2018-19 analytical projects were split into two themes:

  • Better Targeting Government Support for Business
    • Government financial assistance as a catalyst for private financing
    • Impact of the Research & Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) on the composition and the success of research
    • Assessing the impact of Tasmanian structural adjustment funds on participant firms’ performance
    • Better understanding Industry Growth Centre Firms
    • Wage subsidies and business dynamics 
    • Further development of a Linked Employer-Employee Database (LEED) – additional LEED cross sections
  • Understanding Business Performance
    • Productivity growth in Australian manufacturing and the role of entrepreneurship
    • Drivers of the changes in Australian entrepreneurship trends
    • Industry dynamics and the Herfindahl index
    • Patterns and determinants of innovation by novelty, sector and size
    • The relationship between managerial ability and firm size
    • Management capability and firm performance  
    • Explorative project on applying Machine Learning techniques to impute missing values in BLADE
    • Drivers of firm level productivity growth 
    • Scoping/feasibility study to include capital input measures for multifactor productivity measurement in BLADE
    • Investigating productivity dispersion and resource allocation
    • IP rights and business performance
    • The effects of collaboration on firm performance
    • Born global firms in Australia
    • Business resilience to interest rate shocks
    • IP rights, business profitability and competition
    • Reaching for the stars: Aussie firms and the global productivity frontier

The 2017-18 analytical projects were: