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Supporting Research and Data

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

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.

FERTMOD

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.

Recent Trends in Australian Fertility

05 / 08 / 2008

This paper examines some reasons for the recent trends in Australian fertility.

Part Time Employment: the Australian Experience

12 / 06 / 2008

This paper aims to provide an overview of the changing role of part-time work in Australia.

What Role for Policies to Supplement an Emissions Trading Scheme?

22 / 05 / 2008

This Productivity Commission submission to the Garnaut Climate Change Review was released on 22 May 2008.