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Deregulation in Australia


  • Justin Douglas

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


In this paper, the various areas where deregulation has, or may, deliver productivity benefits are examined. The direct compliance cost impact of regulation across the Australian economy could be equivalent to more than 5 per cent of GDP each year. Indirect and efficiency costs mean that the total economic cost of regulation is likely to be even greater. To ensure that inappropriate, excessive or unnecessary regulatory costs are not imposed, the author outlines the importance of ensuring that the cost of regulatory cures (compliance costs) are not worse than the disease (the problem that policy makers are trying to solve using regulation). A number of recent policy changes have been designed to support this outcome. Finally, some potential policy areas where deregulatory efforts could be prioritised to deliver productivity and living standards benefits are identified and discussed.

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  • Justin Douglas, 2014. "Deregulation in Australia," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 2, pages 53-78, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2014_2_3

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    1. Harberger, Arnold C., 2008. "The Incidence of the Corporation Income Tax Revisited," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association, vol. 61(2), pages 303-312, June.
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    deregulation; living standards;

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    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy


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