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The Contribution of Applied General Equilibrium Analysis to Policy Reform in Australia

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  • Alan A. Powell
  • Richard H. Snape

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Applied general equilibrium (GE) modelling is widely used by Australian federal government agencies involved in policy making. With the possible exception of Norway, this situation seems to be unique to Australia. The present paper traces the history of the IMPACT Project, an initiative of the Australian Industry (formerly Industries Assistance) Commission in association with a number of Australian universities, which has been instrumental in securing the widespread acceptance of the GE method in applied policy economics. We note, inter alia, that the largest loser from Australia's manufacturing protectionism, namely her export-oriented farm sector, has adopted the GE approach in pressing its case to government. We ask the question: 'To what extent has applied GE modelling been influential in achieving the turn around in Australia's stance to commercial policy?' We present the relevant evidence in abbreviated form, but leave the answer to the reader.

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Paper provided by Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre in its series Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers with number g-98.

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  1. Philip D. Adams & Peter B.Dixon, 1996. "Reaching the planners: Generating detailed commodity Forecasts from a computable general equilibrium model," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre op-83, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  2. Anderson, Kym, 2004. "Setting the Trade Policy Agenda: What Roles for Economists?," Working Papers, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium 14574, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
  3. Dixon, Peter B. & Koopman, Robert B. & Rimmer, Maureen T., 2013. "The MONASH Style of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling: A Framework for Practical Policy Analysis," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier.
  4. Alan A. Powell, 1998. "When Modellers Behave Like Lawyers: Have we Lost The Plot?," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre g-125, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  5. Anderson, Kym & Martin, Will & van der Mensbrugghe, Dominique, 2013. "Estimating Effects of Price-Distorting Policies Using Alternative Distortions Databases," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier.
  6. Anita King, 2012. "Economy-Wide Impacts of Industry Policy," Treasury Working Paper Series, New Zealand Treasury 12/05, New Zealand Treasury.
  7. Peter B. Dixon, 2006. "Evidence-based Trade Policy Decision Making in Australia and the Development of Computable General Equilibrium Modelling," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre g-163, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  8. Hertel, Thomas, 2013. "Global Applied General Equilibrium Analysis Using the Global Trade Analysis Project Framework," Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, Elsevier.
  9. Michael Malakellis, 1997. "Should Tariff Reductions be Announced? An Intertemporal Computable General Equilibrium Analysis," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre op-88, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  10. Mehmet Ulubasoglu & Debdulal Mallick & Mokhtarul Wadud & Phillip Hone & Henry Haszler, 2010. "Food Demand Elasticities in Australia," Economics Series, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance 2010_17, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  11. Alan A. Powell, 1993. "Integrating Econometric and Environmetric Modelling," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre g-102, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
  12. Anderson, Kym, 2003. "Impact assessment of IFPRI's research and related activities based on economywide modeling," Impact assessments, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 21, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  13. Devarajan, Shantayanan & Robinson, Sherman, 2002. "The influence of computable general equilibrium models on policy," TMD discussion papers, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 98, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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