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This is the twelfth edition of the Report on Government Services since it was commissioned by Heads of Government (now COAG) in July 1993.
This roundtable examined the policy implications of behavioural economics – a relatively new field that applies insights from psychology to economic issues and analysis. Participants discussed the contribution that behavioural economics can make to a broader understanding of people’s motivation and behaviour in markets and...
Australia's consumer policy framework has considerable strengths, but parts of it require an overhaul if it is to effectively meet the needs of consumers, businesses and the community in the decades ahead. At present, its capacity to deliver good outcomes is compromised by institutional deficiencies...
There are widespread and important economic, social and environmental benefits generated by Australia's $6 billion public funding support of science and innovation, reports the PC. But, given a host of measurement and methodological issues, it is not possible to provide anything other than broad estimates...
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.
Key points • International comparisons of productivity at a national level are...
According to this study, the Council of Australian Governments' National Reform Agenda has the potential to significantly raise national output and incomes in Australia. The study examines the benefits potentially available in the long term from further enhancing competition in key infrastructure areas, reducing regulatory...
This staff working paper is part of a stream of Productivity Commission research focused on labour participation issues, which commenced with the Commission's study for CoAG on the Economic Implications of an Ageing Australia (8408) .
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.
Governments direct significant public resources to science and innovation. The focus of this study is on the benefits that arise from this public support and how they can be enhanced. The impacts that need to be considered are not just the gains...
Gambling is a part of Australian life and many people derive enjoyment from it. But a minority of Australians (and their families) suffer considerable anguish and hardship - more akin to the experience with alcohol.
A balanced industry and policy environment must therefore take...