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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.

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.

Irrigated Farms

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.

Armington Model

08 / 02 / 2006

This paper explores how models adopting the Armington formulation differ from traditional models, in their quantitative properties and underlying theory of trade.

Armington Elasticities and Terms of Trade Effects in Global CGE Models

08 / 02 / 2006

This paper aims to illustrate the effects of the Armington assumption on one of the main factors that affects welfare outcomes, namely, the terms of trade.

Extending CoOL: A benefit cost analysis

01 / 02 / 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).

Quantitative Modelling at the Productivity Commission

22 / 12 / 2005

This report by Dr. Phillipa Dee was commissioned as a background paper for the Productivity Commission's conference, Quantitative Tools for Microeconomic Policy Analysis held in Canberra in November 2004.


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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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