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

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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)

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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24654
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1759-3441.2009.00004.x
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1759-...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords tariff cuts, productivity commission, economic modelling
Citations in Scopus 16 - View on Scopus
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