Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform

Journal article

7 Dec 2015
166

Proponents of transport infrastructure have in recent decades sought to augment the estimated benefit of major projects beyond conventional cost-benefit analysis. Improved transport links are claimed to increase Marshallian external economies of scale; to reduce transport costs experienced by imperfectly competitive industries, and so induce...

Journal article

20 Nov 2014
250

Abstract: Departments of economics in Australia have not fared well recently. Many have been closed, merged or relocated, their staff made redundant while economics degrees and majors have been eliminated. This article tries to understand why academic economics appears to be withering in this...

Journal article

20 Nov 2014
300

Examines the consequences of penalty rates for employment, productivity, profitability and consumer welfare.

Abstract

As a result of decisions by numerous state and federal commissions and tribunals, most recently the Fair Work Commission, penalty rates have become an important influence on the...

Report

22 Jul 2010
173

If we accept that the market price for currency exchange does not always gravitate towards an equilibrium rate, as assumed by free market adherents, this paper asks what level of intervention is needed.

If we accept that the market price for currency...

Journal article

1 Jan 2010
2

The paper assesses the application of the precautionary principle in the Queensland Wild Rivers Act 2005. It finds that the Act is more restrictive than the ecologically sustainable development principles as conceived, and deployed, by the Queensland Government elsewhere. At the same time the Act...

Report

17 Sep 2008
11

Vertical fiscal imbalance is the root cause of intergovernmental conflict in the Australian federation, and un-remedied will limit the dividends of any revitalised Council of Australian Governments. This paper argues the while the GST has been an effective growth tax, it has exacerbated Australia’s VFI...

Report

17 Sep 2008
12

Deforestation and the degradation of native forests account for an estimated 20 per cent of Australia’s annual net greenhouse-gas emissions. Most of the degradation occurs via chip exports, with the plantation sector having captured 80 per cent of wood processing in Australia. Being perfect substitutes...

Report

17 Jan 2005
319

Gilian Beer and Bruce Chapman examine the impact of changes to Australia's student financing system on various hypothetical students who choose the government's proposed deferred payment options, HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.

Journal article

1 Jan 1997
63

This article identifies and discusses some of the main technical factors affecting both poverty measurement and distributional analysis.

Journal article

1 Jan 1994
14

Over the years, regional policy have proved to be the Commonwealth's most misguided policy endeavours. This paper defines the 'regional problem', the concept of 'balanced development' and traces key government reports to explore the uncertainty and complexity of the regional policy environment from the Commonwealth...