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Research briefing

Committee chaos: how the Indonesian parliament really works

Dr Stephen Sherlock of the Centre for Democratic Institutions in the School of Public Policy discusses his research which looked at how decisions are made in Indonesia's parliament. The paper is published in South East Asia Research.

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Carbon cuts in growing economies

Moving to low-carbon electricity generation has been the key route to achieving the largest emission reductions internationally, according to new research by Dr Paul Burke of the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at Crawford School.

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Publications in journals

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  Designing index-based livestock insurance for managing asset risk in Northern Kenya

Journal of Risk and Insurance
Volume 80, Issue 1, March 2013

Sommarat Chantarat, Andrew G. Mude, Christopher B. Barrett and Michael R. Carter

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Climate change: All in the timing

3 January 2013

Steve Hatfield-Dodd

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An auction scheme for land use change in Sichuan Province, China

Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume 55, Issue 10, 2012

Xuehong Wang, Jeff Bennett, Jintao Xu & Haipeng Zheng

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Energy market integration and equitable growth across countries

Applied Energy
Volume 104, April 2013

Yu Sheng & Xunpeng Shi

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Financial markets forecasts revisited: Are they rational, stubborn or jumpy?

Economics Letters
Volume 118, Issue 3, March 2013

Ippei Fujiwara, Hibiki Ichiue, Yoshiyuki Nakazono, Yosuke Shigemi

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"Southeast Asia: The Shadow of China"

Journal of Democracy
Volume 24, Number 1, January 2013

Benjamin Reilly

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Sri Lanka's Trade Policy: Reverting to Dirigisme?

The World Economy
Volume 28, No 12, 2012

Prema-chandra Athukorala

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Made by committee and consensus: parties and policy in the Indonesian parliament

South East Asia Research
Volume 20, Number 4, December 2012

Stephen Sherlock

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How effective are capital controls? Evidence from Malaysia

Asian Development Review
Volume 29, Number 2, 2012

Prema-chandra Athukorala & Juthathip Jongwanich

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Transaction costs of alternative greenhouse gas policies in the Australian transport energy sector

Ecological Economics
9 February 2013

Albert Ofei-Mensah & Jeff Bennett

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Gasoline prices, gasoline consumption, and new-vehicle fuel economy: Evidence for a large sample of countries

Energy Economics
Volume 36, March 2013

Paul Burke & Shuhei Nishitateno

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Factors that influence transaction costs in development offsets: who bears what and why?

Ecological Economics
January 2013

Anthea Coggan, Edwin Buitelaar, Stuart Whitten, & Jeff Bennett

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Stakeholders' incentives for land-use change and REDD +: The case of Indonesia

Ecological Economics
Volume 87, March 2013

Silvia Irawan, Luca Tacconi & Irene Ring

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Endogenous growth with R&D and human capital: The role of returns to scale

Oxford Economic Papers

Creina Day & Steve Dowrick

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Working papers

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Repayment Burdens of Student Loans for Vietnamese Higher Education

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-06
February 2013

Bruce Chapman & Amy Liu

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Village Level Institutional Change and Ethnic Majorities: Evidence from Decentralising Indonesia

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-05
January 2013

Patrick Doupe

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The informal economy in Monsoon Asia and Melanesia: West New Guinea and the Malay world

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-04
January 2013

John Conroy

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The costs of unpaid HECS debts from graduates going overseas

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-03
January 2013

Bruce Chapman & Tim Higgins

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Uncertainty measures for economics journal impact factors

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-02
January 2013

David Stern

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Dynamics of public sector reforms in Bhutan: Interaction of values within a hybrid administration

Crawford School Research Paper No. 13-01
January 2013

Lhawang Ugyel

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  Food Security and the Poor: Regional Effects of Rice Export Policy on Households in Vietnam

Crawford School Working Paper No. 12-14
December, 2012

Tom Kompas, Pham Ha, Hoa Thi Minh Nguyen, Tuong Nhu Che & Bui Trinh

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  Carbon-based Border Tax Adjustments and China's International Trade: Analysis based on a Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Model

Centre for Climate Economics and Policy
Working Paper No. 13-01

January 2013

Ling Tang, Qin Bao, ZhongXiang Zhang & Shouyang Wang

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  Asymmetry in Government Bond Returns

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper No.12-13

February 2013

KnutIppei Fujiwara, Lena Mareen Korber & Daisuke Nagakura

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  What drives oil prices? Emerging versus developed economies

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper No. 11-13

February 2013

Knut Are Aastveit, Hilde C Bjornland & Leif Anders Thorsrud

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  Quantifying Australia's "Three Speed" Boom

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper No.10-13

February 2013

Aaron Walker & Rod Tyers

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  Regionalization vs. Globalization

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 09-2013

January 2013

Hideaki Hirata, M. Ayhan Kose & Christopher Otrok

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  A Climate Diplomacy Proposal: Carbon Pricing Consultations

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 08-2013

February 2013

Adele Morris, Warwick McKibbin & Peter Wilcoxen

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Global House Price Fluctuations: Synchronization and Determinants

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 07-2013

February 2013

Hideaki Hirata, M. Ayhan Kose, Christopher Otrok & Marco Terrones

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Financial Crises: Explanations, Types and Implications

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 06-2013

February 2013

Stijn Claessens & M. Ayhan Kose

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Understanding Financial Crises: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 05-2013

February 2013

Stijn Claessens, M. Ayhan Kose, Luc Laeven & Fabian Valencia

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The effects of fiscal policy in New Zealand: Evidence from a VAR model with debt constraints

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 04-2013

February 2013

Oscar Parkyn & Tugrul Vehbi

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The new stylized facts about income and subjective well-being

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 03-2013

January 2013

Justin Wolfers, Daniel Sacks & Betsey Stevenson

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International income risk-sharing and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008- 2009

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 02-2013

January 2013

Faruk Balli, Syed Abdul Basher & Hatice Ozer Balli

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Causality between energy and output in the long-run

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA)
Working Paper Series No. 01-2013

January 2013

David Stern & Kerstin Enflo

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Export performance in transition: The case of Georgia

Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
Working Paper No. 02-13

January 2013

Prema-Chandra Athukorala and Swarnim Wagle

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Agricultural price distortions: Trends and volatility, past and prospective

Arndt-Corden Department of Economics
Working Paper No. 01-13

January 2013

Kym Anderson

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Staff news & promotions

  Successful AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS)

Congratulations to Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt who was part of a successful ADRAS grand application to AusAID, The project titled 'How can a gender-sensitive approach be applied to Mongolia¹s mineral development path? Applying socio-ecological metrics to evaluate and track livelihood transitions in a nomadic society' is led by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland. AusAID will provide funding of up to AU$620,597.

New AARES President plans membership push

Professor Peter Warr, Head of the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, has been named as the new President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES).

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New academic appointment: Dr Bingqin Li

Warmly welcoming Dr Bingqin Li, Associate Professor in the Policy and Governance Program. Bingqin has a PhD in economics from Nankai University and a PhD in Social Policy from LSE. Bingqin's research interests include:

  • Housing, urbanisation, urban governance, social policy reform, migration.
  • Particular interest in China, in Asia more broadly, and in comparative.
  • Research between countries in Asia and in the West.

New academic appointment: Dr Anthony (Tony) Swan

Warmly welcoming Dr Anthony Swan, Research Fellow in the Development Policy Centre. Tony will also lecture in the IDEC program, and is currently directing the IAP program in economics. Tony has worked extensively in the government sector and in a number of economic think-tanks. His PhD in economics is from the ANU.  Tony's research interests include:

  • Economic development
  • Budget analysis and public expenditure tracking
  • Aid effectiveness
  • International trade and multinational production
  • International migration
  • Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island Economies
  • Energy Economics

Achievements by students and PhDs


Chinese connections

PhD scholar Alicia Mollaun is to head to China as part of the Student Leadership in International Cooperation project aiming to encourage greater cooperation between Australian and Chinese universities.  Alicia has been chosen as part of a group to head over to China in April for two weeks. While there, she will visit a number of China's top universities from the so-called C9 group of elite institutions. The program is organised by the Group of Eight (Go8) Universities in Australia, with funding from Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.


Best PhD thesis prize for a Crawford student

Ditya Agung Nurdianto, who recently completed his PhD in the Arndt Corden Department of Economics has recently been awarded the best PhD thesis prize for 2012 by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES). His thesis is entitled 'A General Equilibrium Perspective on Energy and Environmental Policies in ASEAN.' Warm congratulations to Ditya and to his principal supervisor, Dr Budy Resosudarmo.

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Research units update


Best of the Development Policy Blog 2012

Since its inception in September 2010, the DPC's highly regarded blog has published more than 500 posts from over 150 contributors. Here are the 12 most popular blogs of 2012.

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Children Policy Centre's (CPC) research focus

CPC is currently involved in the following research:


First edition of the new forum of the AJRC, Australia and Japan in the Region (AJIR) published

Amy L Catalinac's article, 'Not made in China: Japan's home-grown security obsession' questions whether Japan's preoccupation with Japan is anything new.

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Centres for Applied Macroeconomics Analysis (CAMA) to host the 18th Australasian Macroeconomics Workshop on 4-5 April 2013

The conference speakers include Pierpaolo Benigno and Takeo Hoshi.

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Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) Newsletter

CDI's Summer 2012-13 newsletter features special coverage of CDI's work with the new PNG Parliament, CDI's expanding program of cooperative research and publication on governance issues, and many more.

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East Asia Bureau of Economics Research (EABER) – South Asia Bureau of Economics Research (SABER) Newsletter

New value-added trade data adds value to our understanding of Asia

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