Since the 1990s productivity has been slowing in Australia and elsewhere. We aren't really sure why this is, but here are a couple of theories that could explain it.
The copyright wars are set to continue, with the government releasing a Productivity Commission report arguing for a relaxation of intellectual property laws.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
Headlines pointed to the privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services, but the Productivity Commission's report is actually a lot less radical.
Waves of policies from successive Coalition and Labor governments have followed a paternalistic lead. This has created further impediments to thousands of Indigenous peoples who are doing plenty.
Why, despite substantial spending, do serious difficulties continue to plague efforts to improve Indigenous wellbeing?
The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.
The Productivity Commission has said that education spending has substantially increased over the last decade but student achievement has shown little or no improvement. Is that true?
Competition between super funds should drive innovation and efficiency, not be an ideological tool.
The Productivity Commission has set in train a comprehensive evaluation of how super works.
The Productivity Commission report finds that the agricultural industry is overburdened by red tape but there's still no clear solution for the best type of regulation.
The Productivity Commission says existing oversight is adequate to deal with misuse of market power.
Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
The Fair Work Act delivers a much more peculiar system of collective bargaining than many realise. It has outcomes that contradict the hopes and fears of both sides of the IR debate.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on Australia's intellectual property system is good. Shame it is likely to be still-born.
The Productivity Commission's inquiry into access and use of public and private data risks failing to achieve anything meaningful.
Improving data quality and accessibility will provide an important platform for business, policy innovation and academic research.
The challenges we face demand profound changes in our thinking and priorities. Replacing the Productivity Commission with a National Sustainability Commission would help us make this paradigm shift.
The federal opposition says that reducing penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors would widen the gender pay gap across the economy and hit consumption.
The Productivity Commission's take-no-prisoners report on our anti-dumping regime was met with an odd silence.