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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.

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.

Rural Research and Development Council

28 / 02 / 2011

Productivity Commission Submission to the Rural Research and Development Council.

Labour force participation of women over 45

17 / 01 / 2011

This paper explores how mature aged women have greatly increased their participation in paid employment over the past three decades.

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.


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