John Hicks

John Hicks
Charles Sturt University · School of Accounting and Finance

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Skills and Expertise

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Publications (38)
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Objective In the aftermath of fires which swept through a regional community in 2013, community leaders were thrust, unprepared, into the disaster recovery arena. The objective of this research was to investigate the subsequent lived experience of these community leaders and, based on this information, develop a guide to meet the challenges for the...
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In Australia, community organisations are pivotal to building the resilience of local vulnerable populations. Following a disaster event, community leaders have high levels of expectation placed on them. Despite this expectation, their organisations remain underfunded, there is scant acknowledgement of the actual and potential contribution that the...
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The nature of the relationship between industry specialisation and employment growth is uncertain. We use regression analysis to examine the effect of changes in forward and backward industry linkages, and of changes in the spread of each of these linkages, on regional competitive employment effects. The study utilises census data from 2006 and 201...
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Global climate change has altered the efficacy of traditional responses to flooding in Bangladesh and has necessitated the adoption of new actions, social networks and mobilities to strengthen the ongoing viability of the community. These changes need to be accompanied by appropriate government responses. We examined these changing mobilities in Ba...
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This article contributes to the literature on the economic impact of ecotourism in regional China with a focus on Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, which attract about 50 per cent of the total number of tourists visiting China annually. Our analysis suggests that tourism significantly contributes to value added, output, income and employment generation...
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Bangladesh is prone to repeated flooding events. The evidence indicates that these events are on the rise and increasing in severity. Our research, conducted by field trips to Bangladesh in 2010 and 2015, utilised in-depth interviews with participants from regularly flooded villages. Key findings indicate that it is useful to consider strategies to...
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Objective: To assess the impact of network communications, community participation and elements of vulnerability on the perception of social cohesiveness in the Blue Mountains local government area (Blue Mountains LGA). Design: A questionnaire was administered to residents of the Blue Mountains LGA. Econometric analysis of the resulting data was...
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In a novel approach, this paper adapts the economic model of production and applies it to the production of community disaster resilience and psychosocial recovery. Utilising field data collected through in-depth interviews within three regions of Bangladesh, namely Sirajganj, Sunamganj, and Satkhira districts, we apply the “Production Model” to co...
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Using a survey based method, this paper investigates skill shortages in the Riverina. About 48 per cent of businesses have reported that they have unfilled vacancies. The shortage of qualified applicants, lack of sufficient experience and lack of technical ability are the main causes proffered by regional business for skill shortages. These finding...
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This paper examines the extent, mitigating strategies and consequences of skill shortages in the ‘food bowl’ Riverina region of Australia. Employing survey data, empirical models are developed to analyse the importance of firm size, firm age, regional market focus, and location and industry types influencing a series of skill shortage issues. Resul...
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This paper uses income accounting techniques to assess, counterfactually, the implied impact over the last 10 years of a hypothetical government policy to constrain investment growth in order to raise the share of consumption in GDP and to bring about a balance on current account. We find that both target variables are very sensitive to changes in...
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This paper reports and analyses the research into community approaches to flooding in twelve communities in three regions in Bangladesh during 2010. The study adopted a framework utilising approaches in disaster management literature, particularly the phases of preparation, response and recovery, and relevant multidisciplinary theoretical approache...
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Two million people were affected in the floodplains and low-lying areas in Sirajgang in 2012. Seven hundred and fifty families were made homeless and forced to live in small temporary huts on the river protection embankments. Unemployment rose alarmingly and the jobless left their villages to find work in larger cities, leaving behind their vulnera...
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Mallik G., Basu P. K., Hicks J. and Sappey R. Do the determinants of employability and earnings returns produce similar outcomes in metropolitan and regional labour markets? The case of New South Wales, Australia, Regional Studies. This paper analyses and compares the determinants of employability and earnings return outcomes in two diversified lab...
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Chinese input-output tables and data on Chinese energy consumption for 1995 and 2005 have been used to investigate the link between China's spectacular trade performance and its environmental impact. The results suggest that although China's ever increasing trade surplus is contributing to environmental degradation through the increased scale of en...
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This study of a small rural flood-prone Australian community, explores the perceptions of established approaches to emergency management by the community, particularly the roles ascribed to institutions and social capital. The tentative findings and interpretation suggest a combination of institutional and social capital factors at work through the...
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The theme of this paper is that succession planning in Australian farming is under-developed. It may be linked to economic and social change which suggests that farmers need to adapt to generational change but this is being resisted or ignored. The implications of this are the slow decline of family farming, a poor transfer of skills and knowledge...
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This paper investigates how the changing structure of Chinese foreign trade has impacted on employment, energy-intensity and the environment in recent years. Our findings indicate a considerable fall in both employment and energy intensity. A fall in employment intensity appears to be mainly due to an increase in the exports of assembly items which...
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At the national level, China's amazing growth has been driven by increases in labour productivity. Initially, this was explained by increases in the capital/labour ratio, but, more recently, increases in total factor productivity (apparently as a result of increased spending on education) have become a more important part of the explanation. This p...
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Following the development of general interdisciplinary approaches to identified phenomena in a range of areas, this paper contributes to the debate over the means of generating knowledge in relation to disaster management. At the core of the disaster management literature is an advocacy for policy and practice which has been grounded in technologic...
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It is clear that natural disasters, particularly floods, fires, storms and earthquakes, reveal a range of inequities, human suffering and economic and political costs, some of which are persistent across generations. The interdisciplinary research introduced in this paper explores some of these aspects in relation to flooding within two vastly diff...
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An ageing population will result, over the next forty years, in a fall in China’s labour force as the more youthful Indian labour force continues to grow. However, we find that growth in output per capita has been dominated, in both countries, by growth in labour productivity. China’s stronger labour productivity performance has resulted, until rec...
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The governments of Australia and China are presently proceeding through a process with the objective of agreeing to a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA). There is little information available on the attitude of the Chinese to the proposal. This paper reports and analyses research findings from business students and senior academics in a Chinese u...
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This study contributes to the labour market research into nurse shortage in an Australian regional context. It indicates that supply decisions are influenced by family circumstances, attachment to regional life and characteristics of the profession, particularly the emphasis on caring. Aspects of nursing work, particularly workloads and working wit...
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Australia's business relationship with China is growing. However, there are cultural differences between the residents of the two countries that may lead to differences in attitudes and actions. These differences can present obstacles to optimising the benefits to be gained from mutual business cooperation. In order to understand how the future bus...
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The role of established Christian churches in attempting to influence the final outcome of the Federal industrial relations legislative framework is examined in the context of the emerging literature on 'new actors' in industrial relations. These churches have a history of intervening in political systems where they anticipate the consequences of g...
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We focus on the potential for policy action to assist optimal transformative change in agricultural districts affected by drought and climate change. The primary research issue acknowledges that current forms of agriculture no longer seem viable in some areas impacted by increasing water costs and/or drought resulting from climate change. Transform...

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Investigating the causes and effects of skill shortages in regional NSW and Riverina