As well as the inquiries and studies the Government commission us to do, we also undertake other policy-relevant research. This page contains links to our current research projects.
In the context of the Trade and Assistance Review work program, the Commission has initiated a project to clarify the costs and benefits associated with ‘nuisance tariffs’. That is tariffs that raise little revenue for the Australian Government, have negligible benefits for Australian producers, but impose compliance burdens on businesses.
Criminal Justice: An economic perspective
The Commission will develop an economic framework for examining the costs and benefits of imprisonment and alternative policy responses to crime.
Wealth Transfers and their Economic Effects
This research will create a fact base on wealth transfer behaviour in Australia to understand how much wealth is transferred between households each year, as well as the impact of wealth transfers on the past and projected future distribution of wealth.
Public Transport Pricing
This study will look at the different potential roles of pricing in the Australian context and the merits of different pricing methods. It will also look at how States, Territories and select overseas jurisdictions approach pricing, the evidence on outcomes and whether any lessons can be learned.