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Learning from Other Economies: The Unique Institutional and Policy Experiments Down Under

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  • RICHARD B. FREEMAN

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This paper argues that detailed studies of particular economies, such as Bob Gregory's work on Australia, are relevant to all of economics. The paper builds on the concept of a model species from biology to develop the notion of a model economy - one whose experiences illuminate fundamental economic issues; examines the criterion for an economy to serve as a model economy; and describes three areas - labour relations and the awards system of wage-setting, marketising public services and growth through immigration and natural resources - where Australian experience provides insights into economic behaviour and the operation of markets broadly. Copyright © 2006 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Volume (Year): 82 (2006)
Issue (Month): 257 (06)
Pages: 195-206

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:82:y:2006:i:257:p:195-206

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  1. Samantha Farmakis-Gamboni & David Prentice, 2007. "Does Reducing Union Bargaining Power Increase Productivity?," Working Papers 2007.04, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  2. Samantha Farmakis‐Gamboni & David Prentice, 2011. "When Does Reducing Union Bargaining Power Increase Productivity? Evidence from the Workplace Relations Act," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 87(279), pages 603-616, December.
  3. Chris Doucouliagos & Phillip Hone & Mehmet Ulubasoglu, 2006. "Discrimination, Peformance and Career Progression in Australian Public Sector Labor Markets," Economics Series 2006_07, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  4. Richard B. Freeman, 2007. "Learning from Other Economies - for example from Somewhere Down Under," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 5(3), pages 33-37, October.

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