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

Prudential regulation of investment in Australia's export industries

29 / 04 / 2021

The Productivity Commission made a submission in April 2021 to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth Inquiry into Prudential Regulation of Investment in Australia's Export Industries. This submission draws on a range of work undertaken by the Commission.

Certain aspects of the treaty-making process in Australia

06 / 08 / 2020

The Productivity Commission made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties in reference to its inquiry into Certain Aspects of the Treaty-Making Process in Australia. This submission draws on a range of work undertaken by the Commission on trade agreements.

Climbing the jobs ladder slower: Young people in a weak labour market

27 / 07 / 2020

This staff working paper investigates labour market scarring that might have occurred over the period 2008 to 2018.

The net social revenue approach to solving Computable General Equilibrium models

13 / 12 / 2019

This staff working paper presents the proof of concept and illustrates the application using a standard small Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model.

Unifying Partial and General Equilibrium modelling for applied policy analysis

13 / 12 / 2019

This staff working paper explains how to embed a Partial Equilibrium (PE) model of the electricity generation and transmission sector within a simplified Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model to create a single model that is able to provide the types of insights typically only available from each model separately.

Using real expenditure to assess policy impacts

09 / 12 / 2019

This note proposes real Gross National Absorption (GNA) as a measure of the overall impacts on a national economy of policy changes in applied analyses.

Australia's oil and gas reserves

11 / 11 / 2019

The submission summarises some observations from various Commission studies. The first section of the submission explores the reasons for government regulation of petroleum (oil and gas) resources. The rest of the submission briefly discusses the approaches to allocating exploration and production rights, and policy settings for domestic gas reservation and coal seam gas.

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.


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