Productivity Perspectives 2006
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission held a one-day productivity conference at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, on 23 March 2006. The program examined Australia's productivity performance from a mix of analytical, measurement and policy perspectives.
Conferences in the Productivity Perspectives series are held about 18 months apart. They provide a forum for analysts, statisticians, policymakers and economic commentators to be briefed on, and to discuss, recent trends in Australia's productivity performance, the factors affecting productivity performance and the implications for the welfare of Australians.
The keynote speaker at PP2006 was Prof Bart van Ark from the University of Groningen and The Conference Board. Prof van Ark is an authority on international productivity comparisons. His presentation examined world-wide economic developments from the perspective of productivity, competitiveness and employment creation.
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Key Trends and Issues for the Day
Session 1: International Perspective on Productivity Performance
Session 2: Exploring Recent Trends in Australia
How Strong is Australia's Productivity Performance?
Dean Parham and Marn-Heong Wong
The Relationship between GDP and Employment
Mark Zhang, Stuart Gourley, Franklin Soriano and Carl Obst
Measuring the Contributions of Productivity and the Terms of Trade to Australian Welfare
Denis Lawrence and Erwin Diewert
Session 3: The Outlook for Productivity Growth
Forecasting Productivity Growth: 2004 to 2024
How Far can Australia Catch Up?
Session 4: Future Directions in Measurement and Analysis
Priorities for Analysis: Issues, Techniques, Data Needs
Panel discussion with Bart van Ark, Kevin Fox, Denis Lawrence and Dean Parham
The ABS Productivity Measurement Program
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