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Superannuation Policy for Post-Retirement

07 / 07 / 2015

This report is a detailed analysis of two aspects of superannuation policy affecting the post-retirement phase: What might happen if the age that individuals can access their superannuation (the 'preservation age') were raised? Is the way people draw down their superannuation, and in particular, the use of lump sums, problematic?

International Education Services

30 / 04 / 2015

This paper focuses on the two key policy levers the Government has at its disposal to influence International Education Services (IES): the visa system and regulation aimed at providing quality assurance in the delivery of education to international students.

Efficiency in Health

23 / 04 / 2015

In this paper, the Commission has identified and assessed opportunities to improve the operation of Australia's health care system. This is based on a roundtable the Commission held with health policy experts in November 2014, as well as follow-up research.

Effects of Mutual Recognition of Imputation Credits

21 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Tim Murray was released on 21 April 2015. It uses a small, custom-built, international computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to analyse the potential impacts of implementing the mutual recognition of imputation credits (MRIC) between Australia and New Zealand.

Incorporating Household Survey Data into a CGE Model

14 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Xiao-guang Zhang uses an Australian Household Expenditure Survey (HES) dataset as an example to describe a simple procedure to integrate an entire sample of households into a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model.

An Introduction to Entropy Estimation of Parameters in Economic Models

14 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Larry Cook and Philip Harslett provides an introductory guide to entropy estimation for economic modellers with a particular emphasis on estimating elasticities from limited time series data.

Housing Assistance and Employment in Australia

09 / 04 / 2015

This paper examines the links between housing assistance - social housing and Commonwealth Rent Assistance - and employment.

Examining Barriers to More Efficient Gas Markets

31 / 03 / 2015

This paper examines issues relating to different stages of the gas supply chain in the eastern Australian gas market, against the backdrop of integration with the Asia-Pacific market.

Australia's International Tourism Industry

26 / 02 / 2015

The Commission examined trends, drivers and barriers to growth in the Australian international tourism industry. The paper was released on 26 February 2015.

On Productivity: concepts and measurement

25 / 02 / 2015

This staff research note aims to shed light on productivity concepts and measurement issues.

National Agreement Performance Reporting

04 / 12 / 2014

In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA) which included six new National Agreements. The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision was requested by COAG to collate information relevant to the performance indicators in the National Agreements, and to provide it to the COAG Reform Council.

Competition Policy Review

27 / 06 / 2014

This submission was made to the Competition Policy Review on 25 June 2014 and publicly released on 27 June 2014. The submission draws on previous Commission work that addresses competition-related issues and policy processes for developing competition policy, and provides additional in-principle commentary.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Labour Market Outcomes in Australia

29 / 05 / 2014

This paper by Anthony Shomos and Matt Forbes was released on 29 May 2014. It profiles the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia's adult population and assesses how important they are for two labour market outcomes - employment and wages.

Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce

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.

Regulator Audit Framework

19 / 03 / 2014

This paper was released on 19 March 2014 and provides a framework for auditing the performance of regulators.

Environmental Policy Analysis: A Guide to Non-Market Valuation

14 / 01 / 2014

The objective of this paper is to examine the validity and reliability of various non-market valuation methods, the case for using non-market valuation in environmental policy analysis, and how best use can be made of non-market valuation in developing environmental policy.

Productivity in Manufacturing: Measurement and Interpretation

06 / 12 / 2013

The objective of this paper is to examine recent productivity performance in Manufacturing, with particular focus on the causes of its decline.

An Ageing Australia: Preparing for the Future

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).

On Input-output Tables: uses and abuses

01 / 10 / 2013

This staff research note, released on 1 October 2013, describes the uses and abuses of input-output tables, with the aim of improving future utility of what is an important but sometimes misused resource.

Labour's Share of Growth in Income and Prosperity

26 / 09 / 2013

The paper is about the sources of growth in income in Australia and the effects of structural change on the distribution of income between labour and capital. The main objective is to find an explanation for the fall in the labour share of income in Australia in the 2000s.