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

Productivity in Manufacturing: Measurement and Interpretation

06 / 12 / 2013

The objective of this paper is to examine recent productivity performance in Manufacturing, with particular focus on the causes of its decline.

On Input-output Tables: uses and abuses

01 / 10 / 2013

This staff research note, released on 1 October 2013, describes the uses and abuses of input-output tables, with the aim of improving future utility of what is an important but sometimes misused resource.

Labour's Share of Growth in Income and Prosperity

26 / 09 / 2013

The paper is about the sources of growth in income in Australia and the effects of structural change on the distribution of income between labour and capital. The main objective is to find an explanation for the fall in the labour share of income in Australia in the 2000s.

Prevalence of Transition Pathways in Australia

29 / 08 / 2013

This paper by Jane Fry and Clare Boulton was released on 29 August 2013. The analysis in this paper identifies broad patterns - or pathways - in labour market and education activities associated with different life stages. It uses a novel approach - optimal matching combined with cluster analysis - to analyse 10 years of calendar data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey.

Deep and Persistent Disadvantage in Australia

11 / 07 / 2013

This paper is about disadvantage in Australia, and in particular, about Australians who experience deep and persistent disadvantage.

On Productivity: the influence of natural resource inputs

11 / 06 / 2013

This staff research note, released on 11 June 2013, looks at the effect of one of these other possible sources of change - natural resource inputs.

On Sustainability: an economic approach

14 / 05 / 2013

This staff research note, released on 14 May 2013, illustrates possible interpretations of sustainability and what they imply for policy analysis by using an economic framework for exploring the issues.

On Efficiency and Effectiveness: some definitions

09 / 05 / 2013

This staff research note, released on 9 May 2013, sets out how the Productivity Commission defines these terms along with related concepts such as cost effectiveness and productivity.

Better Indigenous Policies: The Role of Evaluation

30 / 04 / 2013

The Commission held a roundtable on Better Indigenous Policies: The Role of Evaluation at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 22-23 October.

Forms of Work in Australia

23 / 04 / 2013

This paper analyses how the prevalence of different forms of work has changed in Australia, with a particular focus on the decade to 2011, and considers why those changes might have occurred.

Trends in the Distribution of Income in Australia

27 / 03 / 2013

This staff working paper examines trends to 2009-10 in Australia's distribution of incomes and factors that help explain these trends.

Productivity Perspectives 2012

21 / 02 / 2013

The Productivity Commission and the Australian Bureau of Statistics held a one-day productivity conference in Canberra on 20th November 2012. The conference provided an overview of productivity trends and a range of productivity measurement, analytical and policy issues.

COAG's Regulatory and Competition Reform Agenda: A high level assessment of the gains

03 / 08 / 2012

The Productivity Commission was requested to conduct a 'preliminary high-level review' of sixteen areas of reform identified by COAG at its April 2012 meeting. The Commission's paper was provided on 29 June 2012 to the cross jurisdictional Taskforce established to advise COAG on the development of a National Productivity Compact between governments and business associations.

Benchmarking in Federal Systems

24 / 07 / 2012

The Commission held a Roundtable on A 'Sustainable' Population?- Key Policy Issues, at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 21-22 March 2011. The proceedings of the roundtable were released in July 2011.

Australia's Productivity Growth Slump: Signs of Crisis, Adjustment or Both?

19 / 04 / 2012

This paper by visiting researcher Dean Parham was released on 19 April 2012.

Productivity in Electricity, Gas and Water: Measurement and Interpretation

04 / 04 / 2012

This staff working paper examines productivity trends in the Australian utilities industry and highlights some significant issues relating to the measurement and interpretation of changes in measured productivity over time.

Influences on Indigenous Labour Market Outcomes

05 / 12 / 2011

This staff working paper examines factors that potentially influence Indigenous.

Multifactor Productivity Growth Cycles at the Industry Level

21 / 07 / 2011

This paper examines multifactor productivity growth cycles at the industry level in Australia and the considerable variation in these cycles across industries and the market sector.

A 'Sustainable' Population? - Key Policy Issues

01 / 07 / 2011

The Commission held a Roundtable on A 'Sustainable' Population?- Key Policy Issues, at Old Parliament House in Canberra on 21-22 March 2011. The proceedings of the roundtable were released in July 2011.

Sustainable Population Strategy Taskforce

06 / 05 / 2011

Submission made by the Productivity Commission to the Taskforce on the Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia.


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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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