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Comments on the Productivity Commission’s Modelling of the Economy-Wide Effects of Future Automotive Assistance

Dixon, Peter (2009) Comments on the Productivity Commission’s Modelling of the Economy-Wide Effects of Future Automotive Assistance. Economic Papers, 28 (1). pp. 11-18. ISSN 0812-0439 (print) 1759-3441 (online)

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Abstract

The Productivity Commission claims on the basis of computable general equilibrium modelling that a seemingly small reduction in assistance to the Australian Automotive industry (a cut in tariffs from 10 per cent to 5 per cent and elimination of the ACIS scheme) would generate an annual welfare benefit of about $500 million. I explain that this implausible result rests on an implicit manna-from-heaven assumption. Using results published by the Commission, I rework their welfare calculations. With parameter values favoured by them, the corrected annual welfare gain is $66 million. With what I consider more realistic parameter values, the welfare effect is negative.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tariff cuts, productivity commission, economic modelling
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2014 05:00
Last Modified: 30 May 2014 05:18
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24654
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1759-3441.2009.00004.x
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