Education Policy Reforms to Boost Productivity in Australia

9 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2018

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Gigi Foster

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics

Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

Chapter 3 of the 2017 Australian Productivity Commission's recent report ‘Shifting the dial’, commissioned by the Commonwealth Treasurer to interrogate ‘Australia's productivity performance’, focuses on education policy. The Treasurer explicitly asks that the report include ‘recommendations on productivity‐enhancing reform’, and Chapter 3, entitled ‘Future Skills and Work’, delivers these for the education policy sphere. In this article I evaluate the education policy reform recommendations set out in Chapter 3 against Australia’s educational performance and landscape today, and what we know in general about the educational inputs to productivity. Different, though overlapping, policy recommendations emerge from my analysis.

Suggested Citation

Foster, Gigi, Education Policy Reforms to Boost Productivity in Australia (June 2018). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 253-261, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3188516 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12271

Gigi Foster (Contact Author)

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Economics ( email )

High Street
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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