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

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.

MoDEM 2.0

28 / 10 / 2008

The Modified Demographic and Economic Model (MoDEM) 2.0 is used to calculate population, labour market and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projections under different demographic and labour assumptions.

Infrastructure Australia's National Infrastructure Audit

18 / 09 / 2008

A submission made by the Commission to Infrastructure Australia's National Infrastructure Audit in September 2008.


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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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