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Trade and Assistance Review 2014-15 - Trade and Assistance Review

Released: 25 Jul 2016

This year's review explores how the size and nature of the assistance estimates might be influenced by recent developments such as the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Defence Industry Statement and submarine procurement, programs to

Environmental Policy Analysis: A Guide to Non-Market Valuation

Released: 14 Jan 2014

The objective of this paper is to examine the validity and reliability of various non-market valuation methods, the case for using non-market valuation in environmental policy analysis, and how best use can be made of non-market valuation in

On Sustainability: an economic approach

Released: 14 May 2013

This staff research note, released on 14 May 2013, illustrates possible interpretations of sustainability and what they imply for policy analysis by using an economic framework for exploring the issues.

COAG's Regulatory and Competition Reform Agenda: A high level assessment of the gains

Released: 3 Aug 2012

The Productivity Commission was requested to conduct a 'preliminary high-level review' of sixteen areas of reform identified by COAG at its April 2012 meeting. The Commission's paper was provided on 29 June 2012 to the cross jurisdictional Taskforce

A 'Sustainable' Population? - Key Policy Issues

Released: 1 Jul 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

Released: 6 May 2011

Submission made by the Productivity Commission to the Taskforce on the Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia.

Promoting Better Environmental Outcomes

Released: 24 Mar 2009

The Productivity Commission convened a roundtable Promoting Better Environmental Outcomes at Old Parliament House, Canberra on 20 August 2008.

Water Reform, Property Rights and Hydrological Realities

Released: 2 Nov 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.

Report - Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business

Released: 7 Apr 2006

This report for the Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business was released on 7 April 2006.

Irrigation externalities: pricing and charges

Released: 14 Mar 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.

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