Productivity in Electricity, Gas and Water: Measurement and Interpretation

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This paper by Vernon Topp and Tony Kulys was released on 4 April 2012.

It examines productivity trends in the Australian utilities industry and highlights some significant issues relating to the measurement and interpretation of changes in measured productivity over time.

Contents

  • Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Contents, Preface and Abbreviations
  • Overview - including key points
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    • 1.1 Project aims and outcomes
    • 1.2 Project methodology and approach
    • 1.3 Organisation of this study
    • 1.4 Related Productivity Commission research
  • Chapter 2 Declining MFP in the utilities division
    • 2.1 Impact on the market sector
    • 2.2 The rise and fall of utilities MFP
    • 2.3 Three phases of MFP growth in the utilities division
  • Chapter 3 MFP by subdivision
    • 3.1 Subdivision MFP
    • 3.2 Relative importance of the different subdivisions
    • 3.3 Other productivity studies
    • 3.4 Subdivision MFP results
  • Chapter 4 Productivity in Electricity supply
    • 4.1 Structure of the Electricity supply subdivision
    • 4.2 The operating environment of Electricity supply
    • 4.3 Measurement of outputs and inputs in Electricity supply
    • 4.4 Proximate drivers of MFP in Electricity supply
    • 4.5 Explaining the moderate MFP growth phase (1974-75 to 1985-86)
    • 4.6 Explaining the rapid MFP growth phase (1985-86 to 1997-98)
    • 4.7 Explaining the negative MFP growth phase (1997-98 to 2009-10)
  • Chapter 5 Productivity in Water supply, sewerage and drainage services
    • 5.1 Subdivision structure
    • 5.2 The operating environment of water supply
    • 5.3 Measures of output and inputs (volume terms)
    • 5.4 Assessing productivity trends
    • 5.5 Summarising the quantitative impacts on MFP
  • Chapter 6 Productivity in Gas supply
    • 6.1 The Gas supply subdivision
    • 6.2 Inputs, output and MFP in Gas supply
    • 6.3 Implications
  • Chapter 7 Explaining negative MFP growth in utilities
    • 7.1 Cyclical investment
    • 7.2 Output measurement
    • 7.3 Shifts to higher cost technologies
    • 7.4 Unmeasured quality improvements
    • 7.5 Lessons and implications
  • Appendix A Methodology and data sources
  • References

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