Supporting Research and Data
Commission staff undertake supporting research and analysis, data compilation and model development in support of our inquiry and study activity.
Childhood Obesity: An Economic Perspective
25 / 10 / 2010
This paper analyses the issue of childhood obesity within an economic policy framework. It also reviews the evidence of trends in obesity in children and provides an overview of recent and planned childhood obesity preventative health programs.
Links Between Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Labour Market Outcomes
20 / 10 / 2010
This paper analyses data from a 2006 survey on the literacy and numeracy skills of the Australian adult population.
Investments in Intangible Assets and Australia's Productivity Growth: Sectoral Estimates
14 / 10 / 2010
This paper extends previous work on intangibles by applying an experimental method to two key industry sectors within the Australian economy.
Quality of Care in Australian Public and Private Hospitals
01 / 10 / 2010
This paper by Matthew Forbes, Philip Harslett, Ilias Mastoris and Leonora Risse was presented at the 31st Australian Conference of Health Economists in Sydney on 30 September to 1 October 2010.
Measuring the Technical Efficiency of Public and Private Hospitals in Australia
27 / 09 / 2010
This paper by Matthew Forbes, Philip Harslett, Ilias Mastoris and Leonora Risse was presented at the Australian Conference of Economists in Sydney on 27 to 29 September 2010.
Valuing the Future: the social discount rate in cost-benefit analysis
22 / 04 / 2010
This paper by visiting researcher Mark Harrison was released on 22 April 2010.
National Partnership Performance Reporting
09 / 04 / 2010
In November 2008, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations (IGA). The IGA included a new form of payment - National Partnership (NP) payments - to fund specific projects and to facilitate and/or reward states and territories that deliver on nationally significant reforms.
Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation
01 / 04 / 2010
The Productivity Commission convened a roundtable 'Strengthening Evidence-based Policy in the Australian Federation' in Canberra on 17-18 August 2009.
Developing a Partial Equilibrium Model of an Urban Water System
24 / 03 / 2010
This paper uses partial equilibrium modelling of urban water systems to investigate capacity augmentation decisions, pricing policies and the use of water restrictions in the urban water sector.
The Effects of Education and Health on Wages and Productivity
18 / 03 / 2010
In this Staff Working Paper, a human capital earnings function and data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey are used to estimate the effects of education and health status on wages, which can be used as an indicator of labour productivity. The same model is also used to estimate the potential wages of people who are unemployed or not in the labour force if they were to become employed.
Work Choices of Married Women: drivers of change
21 / 01 / 2010
This paper by visiting researcher Lixin Cai was released on 21 January 2010.
Modelling the Effects of the EU Common Agricultural Policy
03 / 12 / 2009
A study evaluating the economic impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy using the GTAP model.
Australia's Productivity Performance
01 / 09 / 2009
Productivity Commission submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics - Inquiry into Raising the Level of Productivity Growth in the Australian Economy.
National Broadband Network
30 / 07 / 2009
This Productivity Commission submission was made to the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network on 30 July 2009.
30 / 06 / 2009
FERTMOD is an Excel-based program that projects Australia's population, given assumptions about fertility, mortality, and net migration. It is simple to use and requires little input from users. In many cases, users can simply enter one parameter to conduct experiments - but it also allows considerable flexibility in making demographic projections.
Public Infrastructure Financing: An International Perspective
31 / 03 / 2009
This study explores the scope for efficient financing to reduce the life-time cost of an infrastructure project and the potential financing vehicles have to improve the investment decision.
Investments in Intangible Assets and Australia's Productivity Growth
26 / 03 / 2009
This paper applies the CHS methodology to data for the market sector of the Australian economy to estimate the level and growth of investment in a range of intangibles.
Promoting Better Environmental Outcomes
24 / 03 / 2009
The Productivity Commission convened a roundtable Promoting Better Environmental Outcomes at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 20 August 2008.
Assessing Productivity in the Delivery of Public Hospital Services in Australia: Some experimental estimates
19 / 03 / 2009
This paper, presented at the30th Australian Health Economists Conference, explores productivity measurement within the Australian public hospital system.
Productivity in the Mining Industry: Measurement and Interpretation
18 / 12 / 2008
This paper identifies measurement and interpretation issues of relevance to productivity estimates for the mining industry in Australia.