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Productivity Perspectives 2004

Conference

The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission held a one-day productivity conference in Canberra on 9 December 2004. The objective of the conference was to provide an overview of productivity trends and a range of productivity measurement, analytical and policy issues.

Invited speakers included:

  • Prof Eric Bartelsman from the Free University of Amsterdam
  • Prof Erwin Diewert from the University of British Columbia
  • Prof Steve Dowrick from Australian National University

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Welcome
Dennis Trewin

Session 1   The big picture

Perspectives on productivity.... depend on your point of view
Eric Bartelsman

Treasury policy perspectives
Graeme Davis

Session 2   National productivity perspective

Research and development, human capital and growth
Steve Dowrick

Research and development in Australia‘s recent productivity growth
Sid Shanks

Major developments and challenges for ABS productivity statistics
Carl Obst

Session 3   National productivity  perspective

Industry productivity trends
Dean Parham

Industry MFP study and results
Simon Zheng

State MFP estimates — study and results
Jimmy Louca

Session 4   Firm level productivity perspectives

Reallocation and productivity growth
Eric Bartelsman

Developing a Business Longitudinal Database
Geoff Heffernan

Session 5   Wrap up

Conclusions and future directions
Erwin Diewert

Further Information

Further information can be obtained from Julie Johnston, phone (02) 6252 5274.

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