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Commission staff undertake supporting research and analysis, data compilation and model development in support of our inquiry and study activity.

Supporting Australia's Exports and Attracting Investment

07 / 10 / 2019

This submission responds to a request from the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth: Inquiry into supporting Australia's exports and attracting investment. The request was that the Commission provide material over the past five years relevant to export performance and foreign investment, whether these are through direct or indirect avenues.

Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas

26 / 09 / 2019

This submission briefly addresses a number of the matters in the Committee’s terms of reference, drawing on existing work undertaken by the Commission. The submission is organised around the broad themes of the future of work, structural adjustment and change in regional areas and regional development policy.

Introducing Bilateral Exchange Rates in Global CGE Models

04 / 05 / 2018

This research note discusses the role of national currencies and nominal exchange rates in CGE models. It uses a prototype model to demonstrate the theoretical properties of a multi-country CGE model with currencies and exchange rates.

Rules of Origin: can the noodle bowl of trade agreements be untangled?

03 / 05 / 2017

This research note seeks to answer some questions about Rules of Origin and Preferential Trade Agreements.

VUMR Modelling Reference Case, 2009-10 to 2059-60

28 / 11 / 2016

This paper by Owen Gabbitas and Umme Salma was released on 28 November 2016. The paper describes a dynamic reference case that can be used in running the Victoria University Multi Region (VUMR) model.

A rationale for developing a linked employer-employee dataset for policy research

29 / 07 / 2016

This staff research note by Matthew Forbes and Patrick Jomini highlights the importance of Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) and provides a rationale for further developing the Foundation LEED for policy research.

CAPITA-B: A Behavioural Microsimulation Model

19 / 02 / 2016

CAPITA-B replicates the common elements inherent in behavioural microsimulation models while keeping to a minimum details that would be required to model a particular policy application. This makes it easier to extend CAPITA-B to answer future policy questions.

Productivity in Financial and Insurance Services

18 / 02 / 2016

As the first service sector to be examined, there are new questions as to what is actually being measured and how well it reflects the underlying concept of productivity.

Effective Marginal Tax Rates on Savings

21 / 12 / 2015

This working document provides an introduction to the concept of effective marginal tax rates on the return to savings.

National Indigenous Reform Agreement: Performance Assessment 2013-14

02 / 12 / 2015

This report is the sixth in the series of performance assessments for the Closing the Gap targets. In making its assessments, the Commission has therefore sought to ensure an appropriate degree of comparability with the assessments made by the COAG Reform Council (CRC).

Effects of Mutual Recognition of Imputation Credits

21 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Tim Murray was released on 21 April 2015. It uses a small, custom-built, international computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to analyse the potential impacts of implementing the mutual recognition of imputation credits (MRIC) between Australia and New Zealand.

Incorporating Household Survey Data into a CGE Model

14 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Xiao-guang Zhang uses an Australian Household Expenditure Survey (HES) dataset as an example to describe a simple procedure to integrate an entire sample of households into a computable general equilibrium (CGE) model.

An introduction to entropy estimation of parameters in economic models

14 / 04 / 2015

This paper by Larry Cook and Philip Harslett provides an introductory guide to entropy estimation for economic modellers with a particular emphasis on estimating elasticities from limited time series data.

On Productivity: concepts and measurement

25 / 02 / 2015

This staff research note aims to shed light on productivity concepts and measurement issues.

National Agreement Performance Reporting

04 / 12 / 2014

In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA) which included six new National Agreements. The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision was requested by COAG to collate information relevant to the performance indicators in the National Agreements, and to provide it to the COAG Reform Council.

Competition policy review

27 / 06 / 2014

This submission was made to the Competition Policy Review on 25 June 2014 and publicly released on 27 June 2014. The submission draws on previous Commission work that addresses competition-related issues and policy processes for developing competition policy, and provides additional in-principle commentary.

Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Labour Market Outcomes in Australia

29 / 05 / 2014

This paper by Anthony Shomos and Matt Forbes was released on 29 May 2014. It profiles the literacy and numeracy skills of Australia's adult population and assesses how important they are for two labour market outcomes - employment and wages.

Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce

28 / 04 / 2014

This submission was made to the Agricultural Competitiveness Taskforce on 17 April 2014. The submission addresses a number of the issues and questions raised in the Agricultural Competitiveness Issues Paper, drawing on projects undertaken by the Commission of relevance to the agricultural sector, and for framing agricultural policy.

Regulator Audit Framework

19 / 03 / 2014

This paper was released on 19 March 2014 and provides a framework for auditing the performance of regulators.

Environmental Policy Analysis: A Guide to Non-Market Valuation

14 / 01 / 2014

The objective of this paper is to examine the validity and reliability of various non-market valuation methods, the case for using non-market valuation in environmental policy analysis, and how best use can be made of non-market valuation in developing environmental policy.


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The Commission has a statutory mandate to conduct a program of research to support its inquiries, annual reporting and other responsibilities, including promoting community awareness and understanding of various productivity and regulatory issues.

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