The Productivity Commission and the Australian National University jointly hosted the conference on 26-27 June 2000 at the Australian National University in Canberra. The conference was directed at improving the regulation of services industries in Australia and overseas. It outlines principles of good regulatory design and identifies regulatory options to deliver better economic and social outcomes. The proceedings were released on 30 November 2000.
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Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents, Abbreviations and explanations
PART A INTRODUCTION
PART B WHY REGULATE SERVICES?
2 Introduction to the regulation of services
3 The principles of good regulation
PART C REGULATING FOR COMPETITION
4 Access: what, where and how
5 Regulating access to telecommunications networks
6 Improving the regulation of international air services
PART D REGULATING FOR CONSUMER CONFIDENCE
7 Lessons from the Asian Crisis
8 Principles for regulating the professions
Neil Byron, Lisa Gropp and Kim Gusberti
9 Regulating for the safe and effective delivery of pharmacy services
PART E REGULATING TO ATTAIN SOCIAL GOALS
10 Is market-based regulation the best way to regulate community services?
The case for market-based regulation:Alan Moran
The case against market-based regulation:Robert Fitzgerald AM
Response:Robert Fitzgerald AM
11 Regulating gambling: a 'market friendly' approach to the social impacts
12 Regulating culture: has it 'Gone with the Wind'?
13 Towards multilateral rules on trade and culture: protective regulation or efficient protection?
Pierre Sauvé and Karsten Steinfatt
PART F MEASURING AND MODELLING THE IMPACT OF RESTRICTIONS ON TRADE IN SERVICES
14 'Sins of commission and omission': measuring regulatory impediments to trade in services
Tony Warren and Christopher Findlay
15 Modelling the liberalisation of services
Philippa Dee, Kevin Hanslow and Tien Phamduc
PART G ACHIEVING BETTER REGULATION OF SERVICES
16 Approaches to improving regulation: regulatory competition or regulatory harmonisation? A forum
A Conference participants
B Conference program
Achieving Better Regulation of Services contains the proceedings of a joint Productivity Commission and Australian National University (ANU) conference directed at improving the regulation of services industries in Australia and overseas. It outlines principles of good regulatory design and identifies regulatory options to deliver better economic and social outcomes.
The volume brings together the conference papers by leading Australian and international experts in the fields of regulation, services and international trade. It also includes assessments of each paper by prominent discussants and summaries of the issues raised in general discussion.
Achieving Better Regulation of Services canvasses:
- why regulate services;
- the range of regulatory responses open to government;
- frameworks for assessing potential regulatory action;
- ways of promoting competition in network industries with natural monopoly characteristics, especially in the areas of telecommunications, rail transport and international aviation;
- the scope for regulation to promote consumer confidence in banking, pharmacies and the professions;
- the potential for regulation to achieve social objectives by drawing on issues relevant to gambling, community services and culture;
- issues associated with measuring the effects of regulation;
- the potential gains from international regulatory reform; and
- whether domestic or international institutions (such as the WTO) can facilitate better regulation.
Contributors to the conference volume include:
Prof Patrick Messerlin (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris), Dr Pierre Sauvé (Harvard University), Dr Will Martin (World Bank), Mr Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank), Mr Gary Banks (Productivity Commission), Prof Christopher Findlay (ANU), Prof Richard Snape (Productivity Commission), Prof Stephen King (University of Melbourne), Dr Robert Albon (ANU), Dr Jeff Carmichael (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) and Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM (NSW Community Services Commission).
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