Prices and profits after the pandemic
This analysis shows that the profits of the largest non-financial companies were up 34 per cent at the end of 2021, compared to pre-pandemic levels – rising significantly faster than inflation and wage growth. This report argues that some firms could have considerable market power...
Product market power and its implications for the Australian economy
This paper documents the evolution of firm mark-ups in the Australian economy using a large and representative database derived from administrative tax data.
Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry: final report
In August 2019, the ACCC was directed to conduct an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray–Darling Basin. This report makes recommendations to enhance markets for tradeable water rights, including their operation, transparency, regulation, competitiveness and efficiency.
Consumer protection frameworks for new energy products and services and the traditional sale of energy in Australia
The purpose of this report is to step back from the specific detail of current arrangements and focus on foundational questions around the rationales for consumer protection frameworks in the energy sector.
Socialising parking: public opportunities via regulated market approaches
Market-based car parking policy is one of key fulcrums of transformational change towards sustainable and ethical urban futures. This paper examines parking policy approaches in Japanese cities that might broaden the possibilities of parking approaches and the urban relations they (re)produce.
Blockchain and the creative industries: provocation paper
Over the past decade, technology companies have become powerful players in the creative economy. This report explores how the creative industries might benefit from investment in improved administrative infrastructure that can be furnished through new digital ledger technology (blockchains).
NDIS markets: Market stewardship actions for the NDIS
While the NDIS promises to improve the lives of more than 400,000 Australians with a disability, the scheme has been marred by a range of implementation challenges. In particular, there has been much concern over 'thin' markets. This report draws together the international literature on...
Why do royalties reign in the market for technology?
It is unclear why royalties are the dominant mode of payment in contracts over the trade of pre-commercial technology. In this paper, the authors evaluate possible reasons for including royalties in a contract using a dataset of 645 contracts.
VET provider market structures: history, growth and change
Summary The paper tracks the development of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) provider market over the last two decades in the context of significant policy changes and generally increased competition. It provides an insight into how the sector has arrived at its current...
Governing the regulators – applying experience
Emphasising more effective law rather than more law, this paper provides a perspective from within government that argues for a better appreciation of what is required to ensure that regulation is effective in a New Zealand context.
Neoliberalism and Australian cities: changes in urban outcomes 1975-2001
This paper, one of a series looking at global changes resulting from neoliberalism, supports the conclusion that these "forces" are largely due to specific initiatives or "reforms" in national and local policy resulting from changes in the prime economic paradigm.