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

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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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  • Richard B. Freeman, 2006. "Learning from Other Economies: The Unique Institutional and Policy Experiments Down Under," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 82(257), pages 195-206, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:82:y:2006:i:257:p:195-206
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