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Completed research

The following is a list of all completed research undertaken by the Commission.
Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce

Published 28 / 04 / 2014

This submission was made to the Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce on 17 April 2014. The submission addresses a number of the issues and questions raised in the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper, drawing on projects undertaken by the Commission of relevance to the agricultural sector, and for framing agricultural policy.

An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future

Published 22 / 11 / 2013

This report focuses on the effects of ageing on economic output (underpinned by changes in population, participation and productivity) and the resulting implications for government budgets were current policy settings to be maintained. In that context, it will help inform the forthcoming Intergenerational Report (IGR)

Australia's Productivity Growth Slump: Signs of Crisis, Adjustment or Both?

Published 19 / 04 / 2012

This paper by visiting researcher Dean Parham was released on 19 April 2012.

A 'Sustainable' Population? - Key Policy Issues

Published 01 / 07 / 2011

The Commission held a Roundtable on A 'Sustainable' Population?- Key Policy Issues, at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 21-22 March 2011. The proceedings of the roundtable were released in July 2011.

Australia's Productivity Performance

Published 01 / 09 / 2009

Productivity Commission submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics - Inquiry into Raising the Level of Productivity Growth in the Australian Economy.

Assessing Productivity in the Delivery of Public Hospital Services in Australia: Some experimental estimates

Published 19 / 03 / 2009

This paper, presented at the30th Australian Health Economists Conference, explores productivity measurement within the Australian public hospital system.

Assessing the Importance of National Economic Reform - Australian Productivity Commission experience

Published 03 / 04 / 2008

Assessing the importance of national economic reform — Australian Productivity Commission experience - Productivity Commission Conference Paper

Armington General Equilibrium Model: Properties, Implications and Alternatives

Published 27 / 02 / 2008

This paper explains further how the Armington Model works.

Assessing Productivity in the Delivery of Health Services in Australia: Some experimental estimates

Published 06 / 12 / 2007

This paper was presented by Owen Gabbitas at the Productivity Perspectives 2007 conference held jointly between the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission in Canberra on 6 December 2007.

Armington Elasticities and Terms of Trade Effects in Global CGE Models

Published 08 / 02 / 2006

This paper aims to illustrate the effects of the Armington assumption on one of the main factors that affects welfare outcomes, namely, the terms of trade.

Armington Model

Published 08 / 02 / 2006

This paper explores how models adopting the Armington formulation differ from traditional models, in their quantitative properties and underlying theory of trade.

Assistance Conferred by Preferential Trading Agreements - Case study of the Australia-New Zealand CER Trade Agreement

Published 29 / 09 / 2005

Assistance conferred by preferential trading agreements — Case study of the Australia–New Zealand CER Trade Agreement - Productivity Commission Conference paper

Assistance to Tourism: Exploratory Estimates

Published 08 / 04 / 2005

This paper provides assistance estimates for tourism on a comparable basis to other industries.

An Integrated Tariff Analysis System: Software and Database

Published 05 / 11 / 2004

This paper provides an overview of the structure of the ITAS software and database.

Assessing Environmental Regulatory Arrangements for Aquaculture

Published 10 / 02 / 2004

The paper reviews existing planning and environmental regulatory arrangements for aquaculture in Australia.

A Comparison of Gross Output and Value-added Methods of Productivity Estimation

Published 01 / 11 / 2003

A Comparison of Gross Output and Value-added Methods of Productivity Estimation

Australia's Industry Sector Productivity Performance

Published 01 / 11 / 2003

Australia's Industry Sector Productivity Performance

Australia: Getting the Most from ICTs

Published 03 / 10 / 2002

A paper on the the contribution of ICTs to productivity accelerations in Australia and the USA, using a growth accouting framework. It was delivered to the Communications Research Forum, Canberra, 3 October 2002.

Australia's Productivity Surge and its Determinants

Published 20 / 06 / 2002

The paper examines the contribution of ICTs in a productivity growth accounting framework.

Australia's Service Sector: A Study in Diversity

Published 13 / 03 / 2002

This paper seeks to dispel some of the myths commonly harboured about service jobs, service trade and the contribution services make to productivity improvements and living standards.

Asset Measurement in the Costing of Government Services

Published 05 / 09 / 2001

Asset Measurement in the Costing of Government Services

Australia's Approach to Forthcoming Trade Negotiations

Published 23 / 07 / 2001

The Commission provides comments on: why and how the Australian government should continue to support trade liberalisation and the WTO system; Australia's main interests in the agenda for a new round of multilateral negotiations; and other trade-related matters where the Commission has undertaken relevant research.

A Duty of Care for the Protection of Biodiversity on Land

Published 11 / 05 / 2001

This consultancy report explores the concept of duty of care to the environment in relation to biodiversity.

Achieving Better Regulation of Services

Published 26 / 06 / 2000

The Productiviity Commission and the Australian National University jointly hosted a conference on 26-27 June 2000 in Canberra directed at improving the regulation of services industries in Australia and overseas.

Arrangements for Setting Drinking Water Standards

Published 14 / 04 / 2000

A comparison of Australia's drinking water regulation with other countries and against generally accepted criteria for good regulatory practice.

Australian Telecommunications Services

Published 17 / 03 / 1999

This international benchmarking report compares the performance of Australian telecommunications services industry with those of other countries.

A Guide to Regulation (1998)

Published 29 / 01 / 1999

The second edition of A Guide to Regulation set out the Government's requirements for regulation making and review. This Guide has been superceded by the Best Practice Regulation Handbook (2007)

Aspects of Structural Change in Australia

Published 03 / 12 / 1998

This report sets out the Commission's views on structural change, and provides factual information about structural change in Australia since the early 1970s.

Australia's Restrictions on Trade in Financial Services

Published 19 / 11 / 1998

This paper Identifies and classifies potential restrictions on trade in financial services in Australia.

APEC Early Voluntary Sectoral Liberalisation

Published 31 / 07 / 1998

This paper examines selected EVSL initiatives first nominated by APEC members at their Vancouver meeting in November 1997.

A Comparison of Institutional Arrangements for Road Provision

Published 30 / 06 / 1998

A comparison of four institutional approaches to road provision: the traditional 'departmental' approach, output-based management, an effective road fund and a public utility model.

Australian Waterfront

Published 28 / 04 / 1998

This report provides new insights into the timeliness, reliability and economic consequences for Australia of failure to match levels of performance achieved in overseas ports. It is based on data collected throughout 1997.

Assessing Australia's Productivity Performance

Published 01 / 09 / 1997

Assessing Australia's Productivity Performance

A Plan for Development of Nationally Comparable School Student Learning Outcomes through Establishment of Equivalences between Existing State and Territory Tests

Published 14 / 03 / 1997

The report, prepared by the Maquarie Consortium, details the project to develop nationally comparable school student learning outcomes through establishment of equivalences between existing State and Territory Tests.

Assessing the Potential for Market Power in the National Electricity Market

Published 08 / 01 / 1997

Assessing the Potential for Market Power in the National Electricity Market

Australian Atlantic Salmon: Effects of Import Competition

Published 20 / 12 / 1996

Australian Atlantic Salmon: Effects of Import Competition

A Model of Investment in the Sydney Four and Five Star Hotel Market

Published 01 / 10 / 1996

A Model of Investment in the Sydney Four and Five Star Hotel Market

An Economic Framework for Assessing the Financial Performance of Government Trading Enterprises

Published 01 / 06 / 1996

The performance monitoring report, An Economic Framework for Assessing the Financial Performance of Government Trading Enterprises, promotes an understanding of the concepts associated with the measurement of Economic Rate of Return of Return (ERR) for Government Trading Enterprises (GTEs) across the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

An Economic Analysis of Copyright Reform

Published 01 / 11 / 1995

This submission to the Copyright Law Review Committee comments on the review of the Copyright Act (Cth) 1968.

Australian Gas Industry and Markets Study

Published 09 / 03 / 1995

The report resulted from an Industry Commission study of the Australian gas industry to assist the Trade Practices Commission in its review of an authorisation granted to the Australian Gas Light Company in 1986 covering gas marketing arrangements between that company and the South Australian Cooper Basin gas producers.

Australian Manufacturing Industry and International Trade Data 1968-69 to 1992-93

Published 01 / 03 / 1995

Australian Manufacturing Industry and International Trade Data 1968-69 to 1992-93

Assistance to Agricultural and Manufacturing Industries

Published 01 / 03 / 1995

Assistance to Agricultural and Manufacturing Industries

Australia's Visa System for Visitors

Published 01 / 02 / 1995

This submission examines the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the visitor visa system, and possible alternatives to the visitor visa system, including the options of visa free travel or multiple entry visas.

Amendments to the New Australian Product Liability Law

Published 01 / 10 / 1992

This submission outlines some economic effects of product liability laws and then discusses each of the proposed amendments to the Trade Practices Act 1974.

An Analysis of the Factors affecting Steel Scrap Collection

Published 01 / 05 / 1991

This paper by Raymundo Valdes was released in May 1991. It examines the factors affecting steel scrap collections and develops a model to explain the supply and demand of steel scrap. The analysis suggests that in the case of steel-by far the most recycled material in Australia-recycling has not resulted from environmental or resource scarcity concerns nor from government requirements.

A Guide to the IAC's Use of the ORANI Model

Published 01 / 12 / 1987

A Guide to the IAC's Use of the ORANI Model