Agenda, Volume 15, Number 1, 2008


Table of Contents

Editorial Committee
Retrospect
The Thoughts of Comrade McGuinness
Analysis
Some Sectoral and Global Distributional Issues in Greenhouse Gas Policy Design
Abstract
Introduction
A Competitive Partial Equilibrium Model
Models with Market Power
Some Empirical Evidence
Some General Equilibrium Effects
A Global Policy Strategy
Policy Implications
References
Capitation and Financial Risk Allocation in New Zealand’s Primary Health Care Sector
Abstract
Introduction
Capitation in Primary Health Care Markets
The New Zealand Primary Health Care Strategy
Service Providers Set and Charge v plus y
Increasing Incentive Strength Over Time
Distributional Implications
Illustration by Stylised Examples
The Base Case
Different Capitation Classes and Patient Charges
Patient List Mix
Regulatory Intervention in Practice Price Setting
Conclusion
References
Understanding Australian Income Inequality
Abstract
Income inequality and the presumed role of globalisation
Some data on Australian income inequality and globalisation
Some Measures of Inequality.
A Measure of Globalisation
A Measure of Unionisation and the Terms of Trade
Time Series Analysis
Conclusion
References
Argument
No Lessons Learned: A Critique of the Queensland Local Government Reform Commission Final Report
Abstract
Introduction
The Reform Commission’s Case for Forced Amalgamation
Evaluation of the Arguments for Amalgamation in the Final Report
Optimum community size
Economies of scale
Economies of scope
Local government capacity
Administration and compliance costs
Coincidence of municipal and natural boundaries
Public-choice arguments
Concluding Remarks
References
The Biggest Loser: Education and Skilled Immigration in Australia
Abstract
Introduction
Why has Skilled Immigration Increased?
The Effects of Increasing the Skilled Migrant Intake
Winners and Losers.
Education: The Biggest Loser?
So what?
References
Reviews
Dani Rodrik, One Economics, Many Recipes, Princeton University Press, 2007
Judith Ajani, The Forest Wars, Melbourne University Press, 2007
Frank Stilwell and Kirrily Jordan, Who Gets What? Analysing Economic Inequality in Australia, Cambridge University Press, 2007