Supporting Research and Data
Commission staff undertake supporting research and analysis, data compilation and model development in support of our inquiry and study activity.
Precaution and the Precautionary Principle: two Australian case studies
18 / 09 / 2007
This paper develops further some themes initially canvassed in the Presidential Address to the 2006 Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society conference presented by Deborah Peterson, and subsequently published in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
Behavioural Economics and Public Policy
09 / 08 / 2007
Proceedings of the roundtable, Behavioural Economics and Public Policy, held in Melbourne on 8 and 9 August 2007.
Effects of Health and Education on Labour Force Participation
22 / 05 / 2007
The paper explores alternative methodologies to obtain estimates of the labour force participation effects of the health and education variables targeted by the National Reform Agenda.
Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading
04 / 04 / 2007
This is a study of the potential economic and government revenue impacts of the NRA, as outlined in the 10 February 2006 COAG meeting Communique.
Can Australia Match US Productivity Performance?
08 / 03 / 2007
This paper examines Australia's future productivity growth prospects and, specifically, whether it is feasible for Australia to match the performance benchmarks set by other countries now and in the foreseeable future.
The Responsiveness of Australian Farm Performance to Changes in Irrigation Water Use and Trade
14 / 02 / 2007
This preliminary working paper examines the flexibility of farms to respond to changes in the availability and pricing of irrigation water. It was the presented to the 51st Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 14th -16th February 2007.
Men Not at Work: An Analysis of Men Outside the Labour Force
23 / 01 / 2007
This staff working paper is part of a stream of Productivity Commission research focused on labour participation issues.
Workforce Participation Rates - How Does Australia Compare?
11 / 01 / 2007
This paper examines the comparability of international workforce participation rates and seeks to better understand the magnitude of the gap between Australia's workforce participation rates and those of other OECD countries.
Regulation and its Review 2005-06
01 / 12 / 2006
Regulation and its Review 2005-06 reports on compliance with the Australian Government's requirements for the making and review of regulations. The Government requires departments and agencies to prepare Regulation Impact Statements to ensure regulatory action is well informed and achieves intended goals.
Water Reform, Property Rights and Hydrological Realities
02 / 11 / 2006
This paper by Neil Byron and Gavan Dwyer, was presented to the Melbourne Institute 2006 Economic and Social Outlook Conference, Making the Boom Pay: Securing the Next Generation of Prosperity, at the University of Melbourne, 2-3 November 2006.
27 / 09 / 2006
A joint publication of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Productivity Commission which examines the diversity of farm irrigation practices and management - providing a detailed statistical description of farms which use and trade irrigation water.
Stranded Irrigation Assets
28 / 06 / 2006
The aim of this study is to determine the significance of stranded irrigation assets for selected irrigation authorities.
Econometric Modelling of R&D and Australia's Productivity
04 / 05 / 2006
The objective of this study was to undertake a series of modelling exercises to clarify the relationship between R&D and productivity growth in Australia.
Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business
07 / 04 / 2006
On 12 October 2005, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of a taskforce to identify practical options for alleviating the compliance burden on business from Government regulation. The taskforce examined and reported on areas where regulatory reform can provide significant immediate gains to business.
Productive Reform in a Federal System
06 / 04 / 2006
This roundtable was convened to discuss issues associated with the challenge of securing better policy outcomes from our federal system of government.
Measuring the Contributions of Productivity and Terms of Trade to Australia's Economic Welfare
28 / 03 / 2006
This research identifies and implements improvements in practical welfare measurement beyond the conventional average income or GDP per capita measure; and gauges the welfare contributions of productivity and the terms of trade.
Productivity Perspectives 2006
17 / 03 / 2006
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Productivity Commission held a one-day productivity conference in Canberra on 23 March 2006 to examine Australia's productivity performance from a mix of analytical, measurement and policy perspectives.
Irrigation externalities: pricing and charges
14 / 03 / 2006
This paper discusses the nature and causes of environmental change related to rural water use, and examines the issues surrounding possible charges on water use for water related externalities.
Extending Country of Origin Labelling to Selected Packaged Fruit or Vegetable Whole Food Produce
01 / 03 / 2006
A report prepared by the Centre for International Economics which examines the feasibility of a proposed extension of the current food standard concerning CoOL (gazetted in December 2005) that was specified in a Ministerial Direction to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (the Ministerial Direction).
Precaution: Principles and practice in Australian environmental and natural resource management
08 / 02 / 2006
This paper was the presidential address by Deborah Peterson, to the 50th Annual Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, held in Manly, New South Wales on 8 to 10 February 2006.